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Columbia 

College 

Today 

Volume 20 Number 1 
Winter /Spring 1994 

Editor 

James C. Katz '72 
Managing Editor 
Thomas J. Vinciguerra '85 
Assistant Editor 
Kirstin Wortman 
Staff Writer 
Kim Dramer 
Contributing Editors 
Elena Cabral '93 
David Lehman '70 
Thomas M. Mathewson 
Suzanne C. Taylor '87 
Contributing Photographers 
Arnold Browne '78 
Nick Romanenko '82 
Alumni Advisory Board 
Ivan B. Veit '28 
Ray Robinson '41 
Walter Wager '44 
Jason Epstein '49 
Gilbert Rogin '51 
Edward Koren '57 
Robert Lipsyte '57 
Ira Silverman '57 
Peter Millones '58 
David M. Alpern '63 
Carey Winfrey '63 
Dan Carlinsky '65 
Albert Scardino '70 
Richard F. Snow '70 
John Glusman '78 
John R. MacArthur '78 

Published by the Columbia College 
Office of Alumni Affairs and 
Development 

Dean of College Relations 

James T. McMenamin, Jr. 
for alumni, faculty, parents, and 
friends of Columbia College, 
founded in 1754, the 
undergraduate liberal arts 
college of Columbia University 
in the City of New York 
Address all editorial correspondence 
and advertising inquiries to: 

475 Riverside Drive—Suite 917 
New York, N.Y. 10115 
Telephone (212) 870-2752 
ISSN 0572-7820 

Opinions expressed are those of the 
authors or editors, and do not reflect 
official positions of Columbia 
College or Columbia University. 


In this issue: 


The Core Revisited 


12 Confronting the Odyssey 

An alumnus returns to the classroom and the text, hoping to transcend 
the political rhetoric of the curriculum wars. 
by David Denby '65 

18 The imperiled heart of the core 

A former chairman of Literature Humanities argues that basic 
misperceptions about the core threaten its integrity. 
by John D. Rosenberg '50 

Professor of English and Comparative Literature 

22 He taught us how to read Homer 

An appreciation of the late classicist Howard Porter. 
by Jeremy G. Epstein '67 

Also: 

24 Thriving and self-critical: 

The Dean reports to alumni and friends 

All things considered: the view from Hamilton Hall and Low Library. 

by Steven Marcus '48 

Dean of Columbia College 

and Vice President for Arts and Sciences 



Departments 
2 Letters to the Editor 
4 Around the Quads 
11 Columbia College Yesterday 
26 Bookshelf 
28 Obituaries 
30 Class Notes 

38 Poetry: Charles Fenno Hoffman, Class of 1825 

48 The Lion's Den: Anna Lisa Raya '95 

49 Classified 

Front cover: The bust of Pallas Athene in the vestibule of Low Library, a copy of the head 
of the Minerve du Collier in the Louvre, and a gift of J. Ackerman Coles, Class of 1864. 


©1994 Columbia College Today 
All rights reserved. 


Back cover: Andy Santiago of the maintenance staff digs out from one of the 
innumerable winter storms that rocked the campus and the region. 


Photographs by Arnold Browne '78 


Printed on recycled paper 












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Letters 
to the 
Editor 


A colonizing thrust 

As a sometime resident of Prague and 
East Berlin, I read with great interest 
Toomas Hendrik Ilves's plea for "Ex¬ 
porting the Columbia Core" to Eastern 
Europe [The Lion's Den, Fall 1993]. 
While I am certainly proud of the edu¬ 
cation I received at Columbia and wish 
that something akin to the core curricu¬ 
lum existed at the university where I 
now teach, I could not help but shiver 
at the colonizing thrust of Ambassador 
Ilves's argument. I do not dispute that 
many Eastern Europeans do feel de¬ 
prived of a canon of literature we take 
for granted. What troubles me is the 
lesson Ambassador lives seems to have 
drawn from his exposure to these pro¬ 
foundly complex texts. Does every¬ 
thing in the Core converge to advance 
the cause of liberalism? Does it justify 
his confident tone, the ease with which 
he embraces the 'End of History' as the 
confirmation of our collective values, 
or his implicit denial of the vast cultur¬ 
al heritages of Eastern Europe, her¬ 
itages we must admit we hardly know? 

Ambassador Ilves's column remind¬ 
ed me of a recent article in another Co¬ 
lumbia publication, an account about 
teaching objectivity to journalists in 
Prague. Must we rush to the East as 
though we had everything to offer and 
nothing to learn? In my experience, 
this kind of self-satisfied parental atti¬ 
tude gets on the nerves of our Eastern 
European hosts and serves only to pro¬ 
voke the kind of nationalism we all 
dread. 

As I look through the class notes, I 
am struck by how many of us have 
bound ourselves in one way or another 
to the fate of Eastern Europe and I 
wonder whether we could not find 


some more constructive approach to 
pooling our experience as foreigners in 
ways that would benefit students in 
the College while contributing in a re¬ 
spectful and sensitive way to the future 
of our colleagues abroad. 

Stuart Strickland '84 
Assistant Professor of History 
Northwestern University 
Evanston, Ill. 

More than a temper tantrum 

I read Diana Trilling's comments on 
the 1968 student uprisings [Fall 1993] 
with interest and disappointment. I 
was a participant in many of the events 
she alludes to at Columbia and in the 
anti-war movement at large. In the 


decades since, I have had ample oppor¬ 
tunity to reflect on negative aspects of 
the Sixties—impatience, naivete, a rush 
to replace the personal with the politi¬ 
cal, utopianism, dogmatism. These do 
not vitiate positive aspects—hopeful¬ 
ness, idealism, rage at injustice, com¬ 
plete disgust with the Cold War as we 
inherited it. 

Mrs. Trilling sees only defects. To 
her mind, the Sixties "didn't stand for 
anything good and ... didn't produce 
anything good." It had no more social 
significance than "a temper tantrum." 
It was the spirit of mischief abetted by 
immaturity. 

The war in Vietnam and the civil 
rights movement had an impact on my 


CCT welcomes letters from readers. 
All letters are subject to editing for 
space and clarity. Please direct letters 
for publication "to the editor." 
















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generation that can be loosely com¬ 
pared to the effect of the Depression 
and the Spanish Civil War on hers. Yet 
she discounts the role of Vietnam in the 
making of the student movement: 
"People like to think that it was a pro¬ 
test of the Vietnam War but it wasn't 
that at all." 

Comments like these bring back the 
bitter memory of her generation's in¬ 
comprehension of, and condescension 
toward, the experience of my own. 

True, we had a lot of trouble listening 
to our elders. It's not hard to imagine 
why. We were driven mad by Vietnam 
while many of them continued to de¬ 
clare "it wasn't that at all." 

Harvey Blume '67 

Cambridge, Mass. 

Rude but successful 

Diana Trilling's assertion that the Co¬ 
lumbia uprising of 1968 was without 
"actual content" or "meaningful de¬ 
mand," and her comment that "noth¬ 
ing good came of it" is patently absurd 
and false. While some of the actions 
taken by the protesters may have been 
unjustified and rude, the fact is that 
those of us who participated were suc¬ 
cessful in challenging several negative 
aspects of the University as it existed 
then: a patronizing or oppressive pos¬ 
ture toward African-Americans, com¬ 
plicity in the U.S. aggression in Viet¬ 
nam, and overall elitism. Lionel 
Trilling, perhaps more than any profes¬ 
sor, epitomized that elitism, and that 
probably explains why Mrs. Trilling re¬ 
mains so upset after all these years. She 
should get a Bob Dylan album and lis¬ 
ten to the words of "The Times They 
Are A-Changin'." Hmmm... I wonder 
if she ever heard of Bob Dylan? 

Allen Young '62 

Orange, Mass. 

Sartorial riposte 

When I was a young member of the 
English Department at Columbia Col¬ 
lege I experienced two embarrassing 
moments of sartorial insufficiency. The 
first occurred at the oval dining room 
table of President and Mrs. Nicholas 
Murray Butler when the dickey and 
collar of my dinner jacket suddenly 
came apart. I put on record this 1945 
historic event in Commentary (Jan. 1986, 
"Dinner with Butler and Eisenhower: 

A Columbia Memoir"). 

Some five years later Lionel Trilling 
took notice of a charcoal gray suit that I 


had bought the day before at a Gim- 
bel's sale for $15. After fingering the 
lapel with quiet disapproval, he said, 
"Edward, you really should try the 
Young Executives at Brooks Brothers." 
In loco parentis he was re-enacting what 
his father, a former custom tailor, told 
him, according to Diana Trilling's 
memoir, after Lionel made a $29.99 
purchase at Macy's, during the Depres¬ 
sion. "'Son,' he said at last in a tone of 
suffering patience, 'don't you think 
that a man in your position owes it to 
himself to have a tailor-made suit?!'" 
Diana adds, " What position?"—consid¬ 
ering her husband's shaky status as "a 
lowly college instructor." 

Had I known this bit of my distin¬ 
guished colleague's past, I could have 
riposted, "My suit was half the price of 
yours!" 

Edward Le Comte '39 

N. Egremont, Mass. 

Mrs. Trilling replies: 

I suggest that Mr. Blume return to my 
interview, where he will see that the re¬ 
marks he quotes from me refer only to 
the campus uprisings of the Sixties, not 
at all to the decade as a whole. Must I 
remind Mr. Blume that decent contro¬ 
versy requires accuracy? 

In Mr. Young's unspecified and 
unsupported charge against Lionel 
Trilling, the word "elitism" is a buzz¬ 
word, a means of cloaking aggression 
in what is presumed to be democratic 
highmindedness. Lionel Trilling was a 
person of dignity, moderation, hon¬ 
esty, discriminating intelligence. He 
had good manners and good speech. If 
this is elitism, we need more of it. 

I am afraid that I do not understand 
the purpose of Professor Le Comte's 
letter but it seems to me to miss what 
I take to have been Lionel Trilling's 
intention of self-ironization, private 
though his joke on himself would have 
been. 


Errata 

Our listing of Alumni Sons and Daugh¬ 
ters in the Class of 1997 (Fall 1993) 
omitted the name of John M. Henrich, 
who is a graduate of Cistercian Prep 
School and the son of William L. Hen- 
rich '68, M.D., of Dallas, Texas. 

In the campus news section of the 
same issue, we misspelled the name of 
Associate Dean of Students Kathleen 
McDermott. 

CCT apologizes for these errors. 


Our pleasure 

Up here where the Big Green of Dart¬ 
mouth is all-pervasive, it is nice to re¬ 
ceive Columbia College Today and realize 
there is life elsewhere on this planet. 

Warren F. Eberhart '41, M.D. 

Contocook, N.H. 

Zen vibes 

I have good vibes about the appoint¬ 
ment of Steven Marcus '48 as Dean of 
the College [Around the Quads, Fall 
1993]. 

It was perhaps 30 years ago that I 
was attending a Dean's Day with a pre- 
Columbian in my family. One of the 
classes we chose was The Modern 
Novel, given by a young English pro¬ 
fessor named Steven Marcus. As I re¬ 
member his thesis, he said novelists 
were strongly influenced by the domi¬ 
nant intellectual figures of their time. 
For the last half of the 19th century and 
the first half of the 20th, these were 
Darwin, Marx and Freud. The intellec¬ 
tual climate they created had framed 
the minds and informed the works of 
such outstanding writers as Heming¬ 
way, Fitzgerald and Faulkner. But 
these writers, like their influences, 
were now becoming historical figures. 
They could no longer be classified as 
modern. New intellects and new writ¬ 
ers were in the wings, and edging on 
stage. 

There ensued a very lively question- 
and-discussion period touching on 
various new writers and their styles. 

As the bell rang, a woman in the back 
raised her hand and asked, "What 
next?" 

"Why not?" replied Professor 
Marcus. 

Based on that quick exchange, and 
on the stimulating lecture preceding it, 

I think the administration has made a 
wise choice. 

Herbert C. Rosenthal '38 
Santa Barbara, Calif. 

Memories of Madame Defarge 

As the 50-year reunion of the Class of 
1944 approaches, a few thoughts have 
emerged, largely prompted by the let¬ 
ter from Rev. Dick Hunter '44 in the 
Fall 1993 issue of CCT. The Reverend 
wrote of having received a mid-year 
graduation diploma at the hands of 
President Nicholas Murray Butler back 
in October 1943 at an Earl Hall ceremo¬ 
ny attended by 18 graduates, everyone 
(continued on page 47) 











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Around 

the 

Quads 

Music Hum experiment 
sounds a sour note 

One of the distinctive features of the 
College's core curriculum since its in¬ 
ception almost 75 years ago—indeed, 
one of the main ways that Columbia 
has long distinguished itself from other 
schools—is the small, seminar-type 
format of its classes. The College facul¬ 
ty has long maintained that to fully de¬ 
velop the skills of critical discourse, 
students must engage in active class¬ 
room discussion, something not easily 
accomplished in a large lecture. 

It was not entirely surprising, then, 
that when the enrollment in two of the 
25 sections of Music Humanities that 
were offered last semester was sub¬ 
stantially increased, the reaction on 
campus bordered on a sense of betray¬ 
al, with many convinced that the Uni¬ 
versity was poised to scrap the core 
format and renege on a sacred 
covenant. 

Staffing the nearly 300 sections of the 
four core courses—Contemporary Civ¬ 
ilization and Literature, Art and Music 
Humanities—requires enormous in¬ 
vestment on the part of the University, 
an expenditure that has become only 
more pronounced as the College's rolls 
have swelled (approximately 3450 
now, about 400 more than a decade 
ago). The University has not wavered 
in this commitment, but the financial 
pressure—and temptation—is always 
strong. 

One possible strategy that had lately 
gained some credence was to deploy a 
smaller number of teachers in some¬ 
what larger classes. Indeed, both a sub¬ 
committee of the University's Strategic 
Planning Commission's Task Force on 
Education (chaired by College Dean 
and Vice President for Arts and Sci¬ 
ences Steven Marcus '48), and a sub¬ 
committee of the Faculty of Arts and 
Sciences' Executive Committee, had re¬ 
cently proposed such trial measures. 


Music Humanities presented itself as 
a possible proving ground. Unlike C.C. 
or Lit Hum, which draw on many dif¬ 
ferent departments for their instruc¬ 
tors, Music Hum must be staffed by a 
single department, and a small one at 
that. Some of the more popular Music 
Hum time slots attract classes of up to 
34 students, though enrollment is os¬ 
tensibly limited to 26. 

And so last fall, one section of the 
course was permitted to grow to 39 
students while another weighed in at 
56. Teaching the classes, respectively, 
were Associate Professor Elaine Sis- 
man, who chairs Music Humanities, 


and Assistant Professor Thomas Payne 
(Mr. Payne's larger section split in half 
for the weekly listening hour conduct¬ 
ed by teaching assistants). 

Difficulties began almost immediate¬ 
ly. "The size disturbed a significant 
percentage of the students," said Pro¬ 
fessor Sisman. "They expected to have 
the traditional Music Hum section, and 
they were shocked." 

For much of the semester, in fact, the 
campus debated the wisdom of the un¬ 
dertaking. More than 800 students 
signed a petition circulated by Rebecca 
Stanton '94 stating that they were 
"shocked and dismayed" by the exper- 


















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5 


iment. Accompanying the petition was 
an excerpt from the College course bul¬ 
letin, which specifically noted "the give 
and take of the small class experience" 
of the core curriculum. 

"The present 'experiment' is more 
like shooting a horse in the head to see 
if it will run faster on fewer oats," 
wrote Professor of English John D. 
Rosenberg '50 in Spectator. "Are we in¬ 
deed so destitute that we are reduced 
to eating the Core?" 

For their part, the affected students 
expressed their feelings colorfully in 
their course evaluations. While they 

I applauded Ms. Sisman and Mr. Payne 

as teachers, they almost unanimously 
condemned the format. "Every student 
in one of these classes who was told to 
expect a Core at Columbia should ask 
for their tuition back," wrote one. An¬ 
other declared, "Cease and desist with 
this intellectual chicanery: Give us our 
small core classes back!" Of the 52 re¬ 
spondents in Professor Payne's section, 
only four had a positive take on the 
oversized sections. 

"What I gleaned from the experi¬ 
ment was that this wasn't Music Hu¬ 
manities," said Professor Sisman, who 
noted that she had had her doubts 
from the start. "Too many people were 
able to hide [from the instructor]. The 
atmosphere was different." Thus, in a 
February report to the College's Com¬ 
mittee on Instruction, Ms. Sisman con¬ 
cluded, "Good responses to good 
teaching do not mean that the students 
are being challenged in the appropriate 
ways. 'Core format' does not work in 
large sections." 

By that time, too, the idea had fallen 
into general disfavor. At the January 28 
meeting of the board of directors of the 
College Alumni Association, Dean 
Marcus was questioned about the sta¬ 
tus of the experiment. He defused the 
concern with a dry and unequivocal 
appraisal: "The experiment in Music 
Humanities has come to an inglorious 
end. It was something of a misadven¬ 
ture to begin with." 

At the moment there are no plans to 
repeat the experiment, nor have the 
pressures that brought it into existence 
been fully addressed. But if anything 
has been achieved, it may be the real¬ 
ization that when the core is perceived 
to be in danger, its adherents—stu¬ 
dents, faculty, and alumni alike—will 
energetically defend it. 

Last September, professors James 
Mirollo and J. W. Smit, the departing 


chairmen of Lit Hum and C.C., were 
honored with the first annual awards 
for Distinguished Service to the Core 
Curriculum. In his acceptance remarks. 
Professor Smit cited the controversial 
Music Hum sections and spoke point¬ 
edly against such swollen capacity, 
going so far as to equate it with the end 
of the core. "When the core is lost, we 
can say that the College has sold its 
soul," he said. "And only in medieval 
legends is a sold soul ever redeemed." 

T.V. 

Campus bulletins 

• Sent up: Katharine E. Chubbuck '93 

has been named one of this year's 32 
Rhodes Scholars, selected from 1200 
applicants nationwide. The prestigious 
scholarship, which provides for a two- 
year term of study at Oxford Universi¬ 
ty, is awarded on the basis of academic 
excellence, integrity, leadership ability, 
and athletic prowess. Currently a grad¬ 
uate student in Northwestern Univer¬ 
sity's Medill School of Journalism, the 
New Orleans native plans to enroll at 
Oxford following her graduation in 
1995. 

Ms. Chubbuck is a cum laude gradu¬ 
ate of the College who majored in Eng¬ 
lish. As an undergraduate, she directed 
and designed sets and costumes for the 


Columbia Musical Theater Society's 
production of The Threepenny Opera ; off 
campus, she was a social service volun¬ 
teer in Harlem. In 1991, she interned 
for U.S. Senator J. Bennett Johnston of 
Louisiana, and last summer she worked 
at the Estonian Ministry of Economic 
Affairs, where her duties included pro¬ 
moting local trade and culture. 

"In the past ten or fifteen years," 
wrote University Professor Edward 
W. Said in recommending Ms. Chub¬ 
buck for the Rhodes, "I haven't en¬ 
countered anyone so astonishingly 
gifted—superb insights, wonderful 
command of the language, an unend¬ 
ing impressive skill in turning up new 
things in text after text." 

• Domestic partners: Citing "a real 
gap in coverage that should be avail¬ 
able to all," University Provost 
Jonathan R. Cole '64 announced that 
Columbia has decided for the first time 
to extend medical benefits to "same- 
sex domestic partners" of full-time fac¬ 
ulty and administrative officers. The 
policy went into effect on January 1. 

"Gay and lesbian domestic partners 
are important members of the Colum¬ 
bia community. Simple justice and fair¬ 
ness require us to extend these benefits 
to them," said Dr. Cole, who chairs 



Class size at issue: Small core classes are expensive to provide, but many students and alumni see 
them as the heart of the College's program. 


NICK ROMANENKO 













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Mid-year ceremony: January graduates enjoyed a special degree-granting ceremony in Low 
Library on February 17, with noted lawyer Jay Topkis '44 and Professor James V. Mirollo deliver¬ 
ing keynote remarks. Here, Assistant Dean of Students Gemma Campbell (right) does the honors, 
as College Dean Steven Marcus '48 looks on. 


Low Library's fringe benefits commit¬ 
tee. The University's policy puts Co¬ 
lumbia in a vanguard of institutions 
and corporations now offering domes¬ 
tic partner benefits, he noted, a group 
which includes Stanford University, 
the University of Chicago and Har¬ 
vard. "Eventually I believe all of the 
Ivy universities will adopt the policy," 
he predicted. 

Domestic partners are defined by the 
Columbia policy as "two individuals of 
the same gender who live together in a 
long-term relationship of indefinite du¬ 
ration, with an exclusive mutual com¬ 
mitment similar to that of marriage, in 
which the partners have agreed to be 
responsible for each other's welfare 
and share financial obligations." 

• African center: The University's In¬ 
stitute for African Studies has received 
a $440,000 federal grant to create a Na¬ 
tional Resource Center for African 
Studies. The institute will now offer 
additional training for students and 
present more lectures, seminars, and 
programs in the hope of establishing a 
national and international presence. In 
addition, a third African language, 
Wolof, will be added to the current of¬ 
ferings of Swahili and Hausa. 

George Bond, the director, cited the 
institute's metropolitan location as a 
distinct advantage. "Because of the 
United Nations, one can have constant 


interchange with diplomats at an inter¬ 
national level," he said. "Many schol¬ 
ars and diplomats pass through New 
York City on their way to other parts of 
the nation and the world. New York is 
a gateway." 

• In Memoriam: Eugene A. Santo- 
masso. Adjunct Associate Professor of 
Architecture and Planning, died in 
Manhattan on December 29,1993, at 
age 55. 

Acclaimed as one of the College's 
outstanding teachers, Mr. Santomasso 
was the cover story of a 1972 issue of 
Columbia College Today. Editor Stephen 
D. Singer '64 wrote, "In every genera¬ 
tion there are a very few teachers 
whose courses are not merely excel¬ 
lent, they are an absolute must; whose 
offices are always packed with stu¬ 
dents; whose phones never stop ring¬ 
ing. Santomasso is one of these." When 
he was denied tenure, many of his stu¬ 
dents—known as "Santomasso's 
Hordes"—demonstrated in protest. 

Eugene Santomasso received his 
B.A. from Yale in 1960 and his Ph.D. 
from Columbia in 1973. His specialities 
included German expressionist archi¬ 
tectural theory design, French architec¬ 
ture, and Austrian architecture of the 
20th century. After leaving Columbia, 
he became an associate professor of art 
history at Brooklyn College and the 
City University of New York Graduate 


Center. He was a founding member of 
Gay Fathers of New York. 

Professor Santomasso is survived by 
two daughters, his mother, and his 
sister. 

• "Green" building: Columbia's La- 
mont-Doherty Earth Observatory has 
announced that it is developing a mas¬ 
ter plan for its Palisades, N.Y. campus 
with the help of a $200,000 planning 
grant from the National Institute of 
Standards and Technology. The center- 
piece of the campus blueprint will be 
an environmentally sensitive 63,000- 
square foot geochemistry laboratory 
and classroom building. 

Every aspect of the "green" building 
is intended to save energy and mini¬ 
mize environmental impacts on the 
campus and its surroundings. Builders 
will use environmentally friendly con¬ 
struction methods such as reducing or 
recycling debris, and environmentally 
hazardous materials or equipment will 
be avoided. Insulating windows, solar 
hot-water systems and other technolo¬ 
gies will provide for energy efficient 
building operation. 

Construction on the building, which 
is intended to serve as a national model 
for "green" architecture, may start as 
early as this year. 

•Alumni trustee: Evan A. Davis '69L, 
a partner in the New York law firm of 
Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, 
has begun a six-year term as one of 
Columbia's six alumni trustees. He was 
elected by the Trustees after being sub¬ 
mitted to a "designating committee" by 
the Alumni Trustee Nominating Corn- 



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mittee—a system which, since 1990, has 
supplanted the former alumni-wide 
ballot. 

A graduate of Harvard College, Mr. 
Davis edited the Columbia Law Review 
and clerked for Associate Justice Potter 
Stewart of the U.S. Supreme Court. He 
has served as chief of the Consumer 
Protection Division of the New York 
City Law Department, as leader of the 
Watergate Task Force of the House Ju¬ 
diciary Committee's impeachment 
inquiry, and as counsel to New York 
Governor Mario Cuomo. Mr. Davis 
received the University's Medal for 
Excellence in 1987. 

• Florida Dean's Day: Far from the 
frigid setting of their weekday classes, 
three outstanding Columbia professors 
and College Dean Steven Marcus '48 
brought intellectual glory to more than 
100 grateful South Florida alumni and 
guests on January 22 amid the mani¬ 
cured gardens and yacht marinas of 
the luxurious Williams Island resort, 
between Miami and Fort Lauderdale. 

The mini-Dean's Day program fea¬ 
tured lectures by English professors 
Andrew Delbanco ("Evil in the 
American Imagination") and Robert 
O'Meally ("The Many Faces of Billie 
Holiday, American Singer"), and an¬ 
thropologist Elaine Combs-Schilling 
("Performing Power: Imperial King 
and Mountain Saint"). The weekend 
program—which also featured golf, 
tennis, spas, cocktails and meals—was 
chaired by Dr. Emanuel M. Papper '35 
of the University of Miami School of 
Medicine, and organized by the Col¬ 
lege's alumni events coordinator, Ilene 
Markay-Hallack and her staff. 

• The earth moved: Columbia Admis¬ 
sions Officer Elizabeth Pleshette '89 
has been known to cause a tremor or 
two with her witty and forthright pre¬ 
sentations to students and parents. But 
this was different. 

She was speaking before about 60 
people at an admissions open house in 
the Santa Monica, Calif, home of Nels 
Mitchell '76 on January 9 when her re¬ 
marks were interrupted by a precursor 
of the devastating earthquake that later 
hit metropolitan Los Angeles. 

"I'm about 10 or 15 minutes into my 
spiel," recalled our Ms. Liz, "when we 
all feel this incredible rumble-rumble- 
rumble. One of the parents screamed. I 
said, 'Was that an earthquake?' They 
said yes. I said, 'Cool!' One of the 


Harbinger of Low Library: The Agriculture Building, designed for the 1893 Chicago World s Fair 
by McKim, Mead & White, was one of a number of Beaux-Arts style constructs that the firm under¬ 
took for the occasion and which hinted at the campus that the architects would later erect on Morn- 
ingside Heights. This picture was part of the exhibition "Picturing the White City: Architectural 
Photography from the World's Columbian Exposition, 1893," which recently ran at the Miriam and 
Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery in Schermerhorn Hall. 

Unlike the stone and brick halls built to accommodate generations of Columbia scholars, the Agri¬ 


culture Building was a temporary structure compos 
weight mixture of plaster, cement and jute fibers. A) 
turned the grounds into a shanty town for Chicago', 
of the structures—including this one. 


alumni, Ed Hoffman '87, looked at me 
and said, 'She probably thought it was 
the subway going through'—which got 
a big laugh." 

Now she's initiated. A New Yorker's 
first L.A. quake is like a Southern Cali¬ 
fornian's first Northeast blizzard— 
cool. 

• First appointee: Fumio Hayashi, a 
leading economist, has been named the 
University's first Carl Sumner Shoup 
Professor of Japanese Economics. The 
chair was endowed by the Toyota 


zd of iron and timber and clad with staff, a light- 
ter the Exposition closed, record-breaking cold 
: homeless, and fire subsequently destroyed many 


Motor Corporation and is named in 
honor of Columbia's McVickar Profes¬ 
sor Emeritus of Political Economy; in 
1949, Professor Shoup led an American 
economic mission to Japan. 

Professor Hayashi, 41, specializes in 
macroeconomic theory and economet¬ 
rics. He has conducted comparative 
analyses of saving, investment, and 
consumption behavior in the U.S. and 
Japan. A1975 graduate of the Universi¬ 
ty of Tokyo, he earned his Ph.D. from 
Harvard in 1980 and has taught at 
Northwestern University, the Universi- 





























Quote /Unquote 


• "I spent most of my time here ele¬ 
vating procrastination to an art 
form, dazzling myself with my abil¬ 
ity to produce fake scholarly papers 
at an absurdly late hour—I learned 
all my filthiest work habits in Co¬ 
lumbia dorms, or at least I perfected 
my techniques. I believed myself to 
be a bad student, always on the 
brink of exposure as a fraud, and 
perhaps I was—but I think now that 
I worked so badly not out of lazi¬ 
ness but because I was busy being 
ravished intellectually, because I 
was being exploded, because I was 
being pleasurably, painfully over¬ 
whelmed. I was working, not on 
productivity, but on capacity, on be¬ 
coming capacious, capable of com¬ 
plex understanding, learning, of the 
unknown, of the pleasures of dis¬ 
covery, capable of analysis and also 
of invention—-I think now that I was 
working on becoming a writer. I re¬ 
member a night alone in Carman 
Hall, reading Gide—because a kind¬ 
ly graduate assistant had hinted to 
me, closeted as I was, that I might 
find Gide interesting—and in The 
Counterfeiters I came across his quot¬ 
ing of La Rochefoucauld, that lazi¬ 
ness was in fact a misnamed form of 
ecstasy." 

—Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright 
Tony Kushner ' 78 , accepting the Col¬ 
lege's John Jay Award in Low Rotunda 
on March 10. 


• "The Aeneid is most probably not 
a conscious revision of the Homeric 
poems. However, I do believe that 


certain elements from Homer must 
have been borrowed by Virgil for 
the Aeneid, simply because Homer 
was the greatest available model for 
Virgil to pattern himself after. Virgil 
built upon Homer's example using 
his own original ideas and concepts 
about humans and created the 
Aeneid." 

—the final paragraph of a Lit Hum 
term paper which was angrily tossed 
into a Hamilton Hall wastebasket by a 
freshman last December, then retrieved 
by a Journalism School alumnus, who 
shared it with CCT. 


• "Nonsense—it most certainly is a 
conscious revision; indeed, it can't 
be understood without that knowl¬ 
edge. No wonder your essay has 
gone so far astray.... So persistent¬ 
ly wrongheaded and ill-judged is 
this essay that I can only think it's 
the product of very hasty reading 
and writing alike. There's scarcely a 
judgment here that will bear any 
sort of scrutiny, and much of what 
you say suggests that you've paid 
only scanty attention to class discus¬ 
sions. Certainly there are many 
comparisons and contrasts between 
Virgil and Homer, but the ones you 
suggest here are ill-conceived, over¬ 
stated and muddled. Your final 
paragraph] only completes the de¬ 
bacle, I'm afraid." 

—excerpts from the instructor's com¬ 
ments, written in red ink, on the above 
term paper. The paper received a grade 
ofC. 


ty of Tsukuba (Japan), the University 
of London, and the University of Penn¬ 
sylvania, among other institutions. 
•Errata: The College Fund has an¬ 
nounced the following corrections to 
its report on the 41st Annual Fund: 

Joseph I. Kesselman '47 was omit¬ 
ted from the list of Fellows of the John 
Jay Associates; 

Clarence S. Barasch '33, Robert A. 
Kritzler '36, John F. Crymble '38, and 
George R. Beliveau '42 were omitted 
from the list of Members of the John 
Jay Associates; 

Mark M. Weinstein '64, who was 
listed as a Sponsor of the John Jay As¬ 
sociates, should have been denoted as 
a Benefactor and also as P'96. 

The Fund Office regrets these errors. 
Any further corrections will be report¬ 
ed in future issues of Columbia College 
Today. 


A peacemaker's progress 

There was something different about 
the 16th annual John Jay Awards Din¬ 
ner on March 10, a sad distinction that 
all present would have preferred to 
have forgone. For the first time, one of 
the six recipients of the prize, which is 
given for distinguished professional 
achievement, was being honored 
posthumously: Johan Jorgen Holst '60, 
the Foreign Minister of Norway and a 
primary architect of the peace treaty 
between Israel and the Palestine Liber¬ 
ation Organization, had died suddenly 
in Oslo on January 13. 

In the wake of the peace accord, Mr. 
Holst had collected more than a dozen 
peace prizes from around the world. 
Two days before he died, he learned 
that he had been nominated for the 
Nobel Prize. And since his passing, 
honors and accolades have continued 
to accumulate. 

Yasir Arafat, the PLO leader, 
pledged that a street and a square 
would be named after Mr. Holst in the 
city of Jericho, which by the terms of 
the accord will be given over to Pales¬ 
tinian self-rule. He called Mr. Holst "a 
great peacemaker who engraved the 
name of Norway in the book of world 
peace." 

"I believe that the Oslo agreement 
would not have been made without the 
great contribution of Johan Holst," said 
Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres. 
"The moment he entered the peace 
process, it was in the center of his life 


until his last breath. The entire nation 
of Israel bows its head to the memory 
of this man." 

Admiration for Mr. Holst was in 
abundant evidence at the John Jay Din¬ 
ner in Low rotunda. A standing ova¬ 
tion greeted his widow, Marianne 
Heiberg, when she accepted the cita¬ 
tion meant for him. "Johan cherished 
returning to his academic home," she 
told the audience. "The interests and 
perspectives that underlay Johan's en¬ 
tire academic career were first fash¬ 
ioned here." 


Chief among those interests, Ms. 
Heiberg noted, was his commitment to 
building networks within the world 
community, with a view toward global 
interdependence. It was a vision un¬ 
derscored by his realization that nu¬ 
clear weapons constituted "the overar¬ 
ching existential problem of our time," 
she said. "Most of his working life was 
devoted to making the unthinkable 
undoable." 

Harvey M. Krueger '51, the dinner 
co-chairman, announced during the 
program that a portion of the evening's 






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proceeds would be earmarked for the 
Johan Jorgen Holst Scholarship, to be 
awarded to a College student from 
Norway. (Mr. Krueger is chairman of 
the board of the American Friends of 
the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 
which itself has established the Holst 
Scholarship for Scandinavian stu¬ 
dents.) Dean of College Relations 
James T. McMenamin said that addi¬ 
tional large grants would be forthcom¬ 
ing from the Thanks to Scandinavia 
Foundation and the American Scandi¬ 
navian Foundation. 

Standing before the formally dressed 
assemblage, Ms. Heiberg appeared 
deeply moved. "I can think of nothing 
more appropriate than a scholarship 
that will enable talented and deserv¬ 
ing Norwegian students to enjoy the 
same opportunity that Johan valued 
so highly." 

T.V. 

Winning words 

At the March 10 John Jay Awards Din¬ 
ner, the five alumni who were honored 
in addition to Johan Jorgen Holst '60 
delivered heartfelt reflections both of 
the moment and of long-standing 
vintage. 

The most widely anticipated re¬ 
marks were those of Bernard Nuss- 
baum '58, the embattled White House 
Counsel, who had submitted his resig¬ 
nation just days before as political 
pressures mounted from the White- 
water affair. He faced an audience in 
which skeptics mingled with friends, 
but he quipped, "When I accepted 
your gracious invitation, I had no idea 
that I would become as famous as I did 
this week. I think it is proof of our eco¬ 
nomic recovery that it is front-page 
news when one lawyer loses his job." 
(For the record, Mr. Nussbaum will re¬ 
turn to his position as senior partner at 
the New York firm of Wachtell Lipton.) 

The former editor-in-chief of Specta¬ 
tor went on to express frustration with 
the current media scrutiny of the Clin¬ 
tons. "I have learned that most pundits 
consider the prospect of a scandal to be 
more interesting than the reality of the 
administration's accomplishments. The 
frenzy goes on despite the absence of a 
single credible allegation." He sup¬ 
plied an excerpt from President Clin¬ 
ton's acceptance of his resignation: 

"The finest a man can give is his living 
spirit to a service that is not easy." 

Mr. Nussbaum, whose introduction 
by University President George Rupp 


had been met with muted applause, re¬ 
ceived a standing ovation as he sat 
down. 

Donald J. Bainton '52, chairman and 
chief executive officer of Continental 
Can Co., Inc., spoke of his family ties to 
the College, most notably his brothers 
Robert '51 and John '47 and his father, 
William '12. Tony Kushner '78, author 
of the epic Angels in America, spoke 
lyrically of the contradictions of life at 
Columbia and described himself as 
someone who had simultaneously ele¬ 
vated procrastination into an art form 
and found his personal and intellectual 
awakening on campus. 

The mood was lightened by Eric A. 
Rose '71, chief of cardiothoracic sur¬ 
gery at Columbia-Presbyterian, who 
gave a satirical nod to his livelihood by 
quoting Shakespeare: "With the help of 
a surgeon, he might yet recover, and 
prove an ass." Finishing up, and sus¬ 
taining the levity, was Eugene T. Ros- 
sides '49, senior partner of the law firm 
of Rogers and Wells and a hero of the 
1947 upset over Army. He recalled 
how the legendary Sid Luckman '39 re¬ 
cruited him to the College, catching 
him via long distance at an Erasmus 
Hall High School banquet: 

"I got a call from Chicago! We didn't 
even have a phone in my home, so this 
was my first phone call! And who was 
on the phone? Sid Luckman! From the 
Chicago Bears! The Joe Montana of his 
time! And he said"—at this point Mr. 
Rossides dropped his voice solemnly— 
"'You go to Columbia and play for Lou 
Little.' 

"And that was it! God was speaking 
to me!" 

T.V. and J.C.K. 

Laurels 

•Molecular milestone: Gilbert 
Stork, the Eugene Higgins Professor 
Emeritus of Chemistry, received the 
1993 Robert A. Welch Award in Chem¬ 
istry in recognition of his lifetime con¬ 
tributions to the field of synthesizing 
organic molecules. 

Professor Stork, who began teaching 
at Columbia in 1953, has helped revolu¬ 
tionize his field by controlling the pre¬ 
cise location of atoms within molecular 
structures, advances that have been of 
particular use in synthesizing pharma¬ 
ceutical compounds. He has likened 
the process to architecture. "You can't 
simply toss together windowpanes, 
pipes and bricks even in the right 



Tony Kushner '78 


— 



Eugene T. Rossides '49 



Bernard W. Nussbaum '58 














10 


Roar Lion Roar 


Heads Up 


Heather 
Haskins '96 
was basketball team’s 
leading scorer with 
13.2 points per game 
and 82% free throw 
accuracy. 


Al Carlson 
associate athletic di¬ 
rector named Man¬ 
ager of the Year by 
Collegiate Athletic 
Business Manage¬ 
ment Association. 


Nick Szerlip '95 
co-captain won sec¬ 
ond straight state 
wrestling champion¬ 
ship at 190 lbs. 


Rachelle Noble '97 
three times broke her 
own school shot-put 
record. 




Steve Kovacs '94 
ace sabreur and team 
captain is first fencer 
ever to win four 
straight I.F.A. titles. 


Jamal Adams '94 
33 points, 22 re¬ 
bounds vs. Yale and 
Brown earned bas¬ 
ketball team captain 
Ivy Player of the 
Week honors. 


Jim Gossett 
head trainer won 
Eastern Athletic 
Trainers Associ- 
tion's top award. 


Casey O'Shea '96 
qualified for IC4A 
championships in 
the mile, 3,000 meters 
and 5,000 meters. 


Alumni events calendar 


Dean's Scholarship Reception 

April 12 

New York City Dean's Day/Parents' Day 

April 16 

Washington, D.C. Dean's Day 

April 23 

Columbia College Alumni Association 
Annual Luncheon Meeting 

May 6 

Class Day 

May 18 

Commencement 

May 19 

Reunion Weekend 

June 3-5 

For further information about all College alumni events, please write to Ilene 
Markay-Hallack, Columbia College Office of Alumni Affairs and Development, 

475 Riverside Drive, Suite 917, New York, N.Y. 10115 or call (212) 870-2769 


proportions and get the Empire State 
Building," he said. 

Dr. Stork is a member of the National 
Academy of Sciences and the American 
Academy of Arts and Sciences. He won 
the National Medal of Science in 1983. 

•Tuneful: Three members of the 
music faculty have received cash 
awards from the Amercian Society of 
Composers, Authors and Publishers 
(ASCAP) in recognition of "the unique 
prestige value of each writer's catalog 
of original compositions as well as the 
recent performance activity of those 
works." The winners are MacDowell 
Professor Emeritus of Music Jack 
Beeson, Professor of Music Jonathan 
D, Kramer, and Professor of Music 
Alfred Lerdahl. 

The bank that 
makes house calls 

You need $200 for a prom dress and 
tickets, maybe your computer needs a 
new mouse, and calling mom or dad is 
out of the question—where are you 
going to turn? One option is the Co- 
lumbia-Barnard Federal Credit Union, 
whose president, Emily Juda '95, billed 
it "the bank that makes house calls" 
when she first pitched this story to 
CCT. 

"Okay, we're not really a bank, and 
we don't really make house calls," Ms. 
Juda admitted when we followed up, 
"but we will deliver an application to 
your dorm room." It's one of many 
personal touches she tries to bring to 
the world of cash and credit. 

"Our goal is to provide an alterna¬ 
tive approach to commercial banking," 
explains Ms. Juda, a political science 
major from Kingston, Rhode Island, 
who also serves on the University Sen¬ 
ate. The student-managed Credit 
Union is a not-for-profit, cooperatively 
owned financial institution, one of 
some two dozen student-managed 
Federal credit unions in the nation. 
Student volunteers receive their train¬ 
ing in Washington, D.C. each year 
from the National Credit Union, which 
also insures each account to a maxi¬ 
mum of $100,000. The students' hands- 
on experience ranges from marketing 
to accounting, credit approval and in¬ 
vestment. The Columbia-Barnard 
Credit Union now boasts assets of 
nearly half a million dollars, including 
Juda's life savings from a summer job at 
Barnard. 



















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11 


Columbia College Yesterday 



Before the storm: The Morningside Park site where Columbia planned to build a gymnasium 
and playing field in the 1960's. 


10 Years Ago—Winter 1984 
January: The University Food Market 
opens on 115th Street and Broadway 
on the site of the old Ta-Kome Deli... 
Cutbacks in federal funding cause the 
administration to consider dropping 
need-blind admissions... February: 
Law professor Benno Schmidt, Jr. is 
named Dean of the Law School... 
Jerry Falwell, leader of the Moral Ma¬ 
jority, speaks at Wollman Auditori¬ 
um. Ushers remove a dozen hecklers 
from the event... March: Led by 
sabreur Russell Wilson '86, the fenc¬ 
ing team wins the Ivy title and the In¬ 
tercollegiate Fencing Association 
championship... Democratic Presi¬ 
dential candidates Gary Hart, Jesse 
Jackson, and Walter Mondale debate 
in Low Library before a national tele¬ 
vision audience... The Coalition for a 


Free South Africa begins a week-long 
vigil in front of Low Library to de¬ 
mand divestment... President Ronald 
Reagan honors James Cagney '22 and 
the late Whittaker Chambers '24 with 
the Presidential Medal of Freedom. 

25 Years Ago —Winter 1969 
January: Twelve members of the Uni¬ 
versity's Conservative Union sue the 
administration for failing to keep the 
school open during the previous 
year's uprising... Professor of English 
Quentin Anderson '37 proposes re¬ 
placing Humanities A, English A, 
and Contemporary Civilization with 
a single freshman seminar on topics 
ranging from European Renaissance 
painting to urban transportation... 
Henry L. and Grace Doherty donate 
$7 million to the Lamont Geological 


Observatory. In their honor, it is re¬ 
named the Lamont-Doherty Geologi¬ 
cal Observatory... February: The Uni¬ 
versity Disciplinary Committee ter¬ 
minates all sentences stemming from 
the previous spring's protests... The 
admissions office announces that ap¬ 
plications have dropped 19 percent 
from the previous year... The San 
Diego Chargers draft quarterback 
Marty Domres '69 in the first round 
of the AFL draft... March: The 
Trustees announce that they will 
abandon plans to build a gymnasium 
in Morningside Park... Led by for¬ 
ward Jim McMillian '70, whom Spec¬ 
tator hails as "the greatest athlete in 
Columbia history," the basketball 
team finishes second in the Ivies, be¬ 
hind undefeated Princeton... More 
than 100 Barnard women move into 
Carman and Furnald for a three-day 
experiment in coeducational housing. 

50 Years Ago—Winter 1944 
January: Collecting money in class¬ 
rooms, the College War Relief Drive 
reaches its goal of $1000... February: 
The Engineering School drops its 
honor code system and adds exam 
proctors because of crowded class¬ 
rooms. .. The Hotel Roosevelt Ball¬ 
room is the site of the Collegiate 
Prom, with Broadway singers 
Nanette Fabray and Betty Ganet at¬ 
tending as guest stars... March: Elec¬ 
tions for student representatives on 
the Emergency Council, the govern¬ 
ing board of the University, are de¬ 
clared invalid by the Election Com¬ 
mission after it is discovered that 180 
ballots are missing... A poll of stu¬ 
dents shows that 78 percent feel the 
war in Europe will be over in one 
year but only eight percent feel the 
war in Asia will end that quickly. A 
majority supports the reelection of 
President Roosevelt. 

Tom Lee '96 


The Credit Union fills a gap in the 
banking market for students who need 
financial services but are typically on a 
tight budget. Currently, says Ms. Juda, 
"local banks charge checking cus¬ 
tomers over $100 a year plus a fee for 
each transaction for the privilege of 
maintaining an account with a balance 
of less than $1500." For Credit Union 
members, the yearly checking charges 


are $36, with no charge for bank trans¬ 
actions. 

The Credit Union also arranges loans 
for small amounts that commercial 
banks won't consider. Most gratifying 
for Ms. Juda and her staff were loans to 
three students that allowed them to at¬ 
tend summer session classes last year. 

Ms. Juda and her fellow student vol¬ 
unteers run the organization from Fer¬ 


ris Booth Hall. Membership includes 
Columbia students, staff and faculty, 
who pay a lifetime membership fee of 
$10 and keep a $10 minimum balance. 
"We also welcome alumni accounts," 
invites Ms. Juda. "Could you mention 
our telephone number?" 

Okay. (212) 854-8228. 

K.D. 

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The Core Revisited 


by David Denby '65 


Confronting the Odyssey 

In all the arguments about Western civilization courses, few discuss how 
the classical texts are actually studied and taught. To find out for himself , 
this alumnus returned to Columbia as a student in the College's famed 
Lit Hum course—to grapple once more with the power of Homer's poetry. 


Author's note: In the late 80's, in the course of following the furi¬ 
ous national debate about the role of the Western "canon" in our 
multi-ethnic society, I had noticed, with considerable amazement, 
that almost no one was discussing the books themselves. Instead, 
they had become symbolic weapons in an ideological war between 
the cultural left and right. Were the books really, as the left would 
have it, the frozen property of a white male ruling class, passed 
down from one generation to the next as an instrument of rule? Or 
would they function, as such conservative ideologues as William 
Bennett and Norman Podhoretz '50 wanted them to function, as a 
bulwark against Communism, authoritarianism, or whatever bar¬ 
barians lay at the gates? In brief, could the classics of the West pos¬ 
sibly be as wicked as the left—or as boring as the right—was mak¬ 
ing them sound? 

The perfect vehicle for answering these questions was available: 

I would retake Columbia's two famous core curriculum courses, 
Literature Humanities and Contemporary Civilization. After 
signing a contract with Simon & Schuster to produce a book on 
my experience, I spent the academic year 1991-92 reading the texts 


F amiliar, all too familiar, the official travel-and-adven¬ 
ture guide to the ancient Mediterranean, the father of 
the novel and of science fiction, yes, the pattern of fiction¬ 
making itself, too central and plundered and copied to be of 
any interest to readers any more .... that's what I thought 
whenever I saw a reference to Homer's other great epic. Co¬ 
lumbia didn't bother with the Odyssey in 1961, but I had read 
it in high school, and I had been bored. In memory, it was 
about as exotic as pudding. (I read, I believe, a rather genteel 
translation.) Why do it again? Everyone knows the book, or 
thinks he does; the Odyssey stands for imagination in the 
mind of the unimaginative as well as in James Joyce's mind. 
Penelope weaving, unweaving, weaving—all those years at 
the loom putting off the suitors while Odysseus was out 
there at sea fornicating and pretending to get home. God, it 
was hearty stuff. And since few people actually seemed to 
read it, the reverence everyone had for it seemed fake. The 
"Living Section" of The New York Times took its readers on a 
"shopping odyssey" down perilous Amsterdam Avenue, 
and every ad for a week's cruise in the Caribbean promised 
"a romantic odyssey" under the stars, complete with free 
rum punch. The words "odyssey," "sirens," and "Scylla and 


Illustration by Joanna Roy 

and sitting in sections of each course. I was determined to report 
faithfully my responses and to give some idea of the way the books 
were taught by Columbia faculty and read by undergraduates. 

In The New Yorker's September 6,1993 issue, I made my re¬ 
port on reading Homer's Iliad with Professor Edward Tayler's 
section of Lit Hum.* On opening day, Tayler had told the first- 
year students to ignore the political debate about the canon. He 
looked out upon a pluralistic classroom of 22 young faces from 
across the United States, Europe and Asia. 

"Don't get sucked in by false ideas," he had said. "You're not 
here for political reasons. You're here for very selfish reasons. 

You're here to build a self - Look, we have only a year together. 

You have to read. There's nothing you'll do in your four years at 
Columbia that's more important for selfish reasons than reading 
the books of this course. Read the books and see what version of 
them appears in your mind." 

After reading some Homeric hymns and Sappho, we had re¬ 
turned to Homer to read his other great epic. 


Charibdis" had passed into the language and were now the 
silvery dead metaphors of business reports and newspaper 
editorials. 

Knowing the Odyssey as many do, by its dimming echoes, 

I thought it official and flavorless, and I began it unwillingly 
and with a heavy heart —more animal sacrifices, more lengthy 
genealogies, more irritatingly frivolous gods. 

And I found it... astonishing. It was actually as demand¬ 
ing, as crazy, as wildly beautiful and finally ungovernable as 
the Iliad. And now I understood why I had made nothing of 
it as a teenager. As I sat in class, watching the first-year stu¬ 
dents shamble in, the women's faces oddly blurred, the men 
with that protectively doltish look, their caps turned around 
backward, I realized that the book had caused a discomfort 
at 171 wasn't able to handle. Reading the Odyssey was a dif¬ 
ficult experience for teenagers because the poem was in part 
about them, and it called them to nothing less than the most 
heroic destiny: Who are you and what is your quality? Was 


*For a free reprint of David Denby's New Yorker article, "Does 
Homer Have Legs?" write to Columbia College Today, 475 Riverside 
Drive, Suite 917, New York, N.Y. 10115. 







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13 



this a challenge that media-grown children were prepared to 
face? And as I moved into it, I saw that it would cause trou¬ 
ble for me, too. P.C. issues loomed ominously: The patriar¬ 
chal order, in all its mingled tender beauty and ferocity, 
threatened to enfold me. 

S o let the old bones creak again: When the poem begins, 
ten years have passed since Troy fell, twenty years since 
Odysseus, one of the greatest of Greek warriors, certainly 
the most devious and resourceful, left home to fight. 
Odysseus's son Telemachos sits at his father's palace, in 
Ithaka, watching and fuming as the finest young men in the 
kingdom, suitors for the hand of his mother, Penelope, feast 
on the royal cattle and sheep. They've been at it for years, 
these most outrageous of hangers-on, eating, carousing, 
sleeping with the servants, hoping that Penelope will give 
up on Odysseus at last and choose one of them. Meanwhile, 
in the absence of authority, the kingdom has turned upside 
down: Odysseus's dog, Argos, once a great hunter, lies in 
dung, covered with ticks; Odysseus's father, Laertes, having 
quit the palace in disgust, has gone to live in the country by 
himself and sleeps on the floor of a hovel. Energies, duties. 


forms of respect have all lapsed. Ithaka is an untended dog. 

The first surprise was that much of the Odyssey turns out 
to be darkly funny, especially Telemachos's increasingly ex¬ 
asperated complaints about the suitors, who are feeding on 
him —eating his "substance," as he puts it, swallowing up 
his inheritance. A sore and angry boy, a late teenager, war¬ 
like in temperament but unsure of how far to assert himself. 
Telemachos has a teenager's blustering indignation and con¬ 
fusion; he longs to become his father's son and kill the suit¬ 
ors, but he doesn't know how. He has never seen Odysseus. 
"My mother says indeed I am his," he says bitterly. "I for my 
part do not know. Nobody really knows his own father." An 
unanswerable remark, though the poem suggests at least a 
partial answer: You know your father by coming into your 
own identity, becoming yourself. That becoming was a glory 
and also, for modern readers, a difficulty, since it reflected 
an implacably aristocratic view of heredity, the very heart of 
the patriarchal order: The man's qualities will show up in 
the fighting mettle of the boy. 

At the same time as Telemachos sits at his humiliating 
table, the father he does not know is practically screwing 
himself to death. Odysseus languishes in the caverns of a 
























































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Merely asserting oneself 
was hardly enough. Even 
at the beginning of the 
literary tradition of the 
West , the self has masks , 
and remakes itself as a 
fiction , and not as a 
guiltless fiction either. 


wooded island with Kalypso, the nymph-goddess, who en¬ 
tertains and entraps him, refusing to allow him to leave. He 
has become a prisoner of her inexhaustible hospitality, "suf¬ 
fering griefs in the sea-washed island, the navel of all wa¬ 
ters." Professor Tayler seized on the name Kalypso, making 
it a key to the gigantic poem. Kalypso, he told us, looking 
like a tiger with a quivering animal in its jaws, Kalypso 
means, in Greek, "cloak." So Odysseus is Kalypsoed— 
cloaked, buried in the amniotic fluid ("the navel of all wa¬ 
ters"), his identity hidden, his way home to his kingdom, his 
wife, his son, completely cut off. 

As before, Tayler converted metaphoric and symbolic 
analysis into a direct challenge to the students. He wanted 
to find them out and hassle them. This was no place for a 
chastely analytical approach, and he bore in. When the 
poem begins, both father and boy are struggling to assert an 
identity that has been suppressed. Telemachos, eager for 
news of Odysseus, voyages out, visiting the other war he¬ 
roes, who returned long ago; Odysseus, aided by his protec¬ 
tor, the goddess Athene, finally breaks free and attempts 
once again to get home. The poem proceeds through an in¬ 
creasingly tense series of strategic disguises and revelations. 
Tayler taught it as a series of recognitions—first simple iden¬ 
tifications, then more profound recognitions of quality and 
nobility, and finally the most profound of all, the mutual 
recognition, in conversation, and in bed, of Odysseus and 
Penelope as husband and wife. All of which turns out to 
cause as much pain as pleasure. 

"One of the meanings of the word 'Odysseus,'" he said in 
his first class on the Odyssey, "is to make trouble. The corol¬ 
lary of that is the whole damn bunch of you are born for 
trouble. Unless you want to stay buried in the navel of the 
sea." 

What did that come out of? This overly intimate, liberated- 
uncle stuff suddenly giving way to the most bitter regret, the 
most plangent melancholy—Tayler egged them on and, at 
the same time, mourned their future loss of innocence, their 
inevitable unhappiness. It was the third week of the semes¬ 
ter. Some of the students had grown used to his teasing and 
were looking back at him. A few were even grinning. 

A fter struggling to stay focused on the Iliad, I read this 
time without stopping, rooted to my seat, and with a 
widening pleasure that warmed me like sunshine. The 
Odyssey is an after-the-war poem, a plea for relief and grati¬ 
fication that turns, at times, into a sensual, even carnal, cele¬ 
bration. 

... when great Odysseus had bathed in the river and washed 
from his body 


the salt brine, which clung to his back and his broad shoulders, 
he scraped from his head the scurf of brine from the barren salt 
sea. 

But when he had bathed all, and anointed himself with olive oil, 
and put on the clothing this unwedded girl had given him, 
then Athene, daughter of Zeus, made him seem taller 
for the eye to behold, and thicker, and on his head she arranged 
the curling locks that hung down like hyacinthine petals. 

... so Athene gilded with grace his head and his shoulders, 
and he went a little aside and sat by himself on the seashore, 
radiant in grace and good looks; and the girl admired him. 

(VI, 224-231; 235-7)* 


MGM in its heyday could not have done more for anyone. 
The elderly Homer writes about sensations and domestic 
pleasures, about physical happiness and relations between 
people. His heroes have gone from fighting the war to 
telling stories about it, from asserting identity on the battle¬ 
field to asserting it at the feast table and in bed. The body, 
abused, torn, sated only by killing and savage meat-and- 
wine feasts in the Iliad, now requires its normal daily tend¬ 
ing and comfort. Odysseus needs a bath and needs to get 
back into his own bed; his elderly father, Laertes, needs a 
winding sheet to be buried in. We are all in need of a home, 
an enclosure, tightly wound around us, and friends. 

And now comes the second surprise, and another source 
of dark comedy. Just when the exhausted heroes most want 
rest and comfort and pleasure, they find terror and entrap¬ 
ment. The Odyssey is one of the Nostoi, or homecoming 
poems, epics about the return of the heroes of the Trojan 
War—disastrous return in many cases, as the men, punished 
by the gods for some crime or dereliction of worship, suffer 
catastrophic weather and shipwreck, or, landing home at 
last, die at the hands of treacherous wives. Hospitality may 
be vicious, the beginning of annihilation—men are de¬ 
voured by their needs and the needs of others, by the de¬ 
structive appetite, for instance, of the barbarous, one-eyed 
Polyphemos, chief of the "lawless, outrageous Cyclopes," a 
giant who horribly eats some of Odysseus's men, "like a lion 
reared in the hills, without leaving anything, /.. .entrails, 
flesh and the marrowy bones alike," and would have swal¬ 
lowed Odysseus himself had he not plunged a stake into the 
single orb of the sleeping creature. 

Anxiety and alarm, a terrible fear of one's own appetite, 
pass through Odysseus's adventures. In this poem, as Tayler 
said gleefully, "You either eat, or you are eaten, and if you 
eat, you had better eat the right thing and in the right place." 
Sensual pleasures—eating the lotus blossoms that bring 
peace or the cattle of the sun god, which brings punishment, 
or yielding to the island nymphs and sirens—can destroy 
you or sap your will to go home. 

A cruel joke! The gigantic poem is built around an excruci¬ 
ating paradox: The temptation to rest, to fill your stomach is 
almost overwhelming, yet the instant you rest, you are in 
danger of losing consciousness or life itself. In the end, short 
of death or oblivion, there is no rest, a state of being that 
could be called the Western glory and the Western disease. 
That Homer cannot attain peace—that there's something de¬ 
monic, unappeasable, and unreachably alien in the spirit of 


* This and all other passages from the Odyssey cited here are from 
the Richmond Lattimore translation, published by HarperCollins. 








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the Odyssey as well as in the Iliad —has not much figured in 
the Odyssey's popular reputation as a hearty adventure saga. 
The cliches clinging to the poem's reputation covered its 
true nature: It was a finer, crueler, more exhilarating and 
challenging work than most people thought. 

//A/ou are all Telemachos, aren't you?" Tayler said. 

X Rumpled and sleepy, or all wound up, their eyes 
locked onto their notebooks, the students were like Telema¬ 
chos, I thought, only in uncertainty. They were in hiding. I 
remembered that state well enough. At 17, in high school, 
more than normally wary, I was not eager to hear that the 
only danger greater than asserting oneself was not asserting 
oneself. Now, at least half-created, I can read the poem with¬ 
out flinching. Though the freshmen said they enjoyed the 
Odyssey, they still can't read it—read it aloud, that is. Asked 
to deliver a passage in class, they drone, men and women 
alike, running through the lines quickly and flatly, as if read¬ 
ing the instruction manual for a Mita copier. 

... now Telemachos 

folded his great father in his arms and lamented, 
shedding tears, and desire for mourning rose in both of them; 
and they cried shrill in a pulsing voice, even more than the outcry 
of birds, ospreys or vultures with hooked claws, whose children 
were stolen away by the men of the fields, before their wings 
grew 

strong; such was their pitiful cry and the tears their eyes wept. 

(XVI, 213-19) 

"Insert the paper into the tray appended at the left..." 

I wanted them to be beautiful and vibrant, and they were 
fainthearted and sluggish, asleep still. Public speech was 
immensely important in the Odyssey, and at that moment, 
it seemed almost a mockery of this media-age diffidence. 
Consider: Both Odysseus and Telemachos travel about the 
Aegean and Ionian seas telling their stories to strangers, and 
the stories become their identity. When asked his name, 
Odysseus always tells a story about himself. In an oral cul¬ 
ture, you have to be able to say who your parents are, how 
much land you've got, who you've killed, who you've been 
conquered by, what gods you have propitiated or outraged. 
You are this narrative of yourself. 

The students, however, have been produced not by an 
oral culture but a languid aural and visual culture, in which 
everything is a role, everything provisional, and speech may 
be an opening to mockery or self-mockery; in an ironic look- 
ing-and-listening culture almost no one can tell his own 
story. Few of the students were asked to memorize poetry in 
high school; some may never before have read aloud in 
class. At Columbia, I witnessed an embarrassing spectacle. 

A teacher, trying to warm things up on opening day, would 
go around the room, asking the students to give a short ac¬ 
count of themselves. Reddening, their voices dropping 
sometimes to a whisper, they would turn their stories into 
questions. 

"Um, I'm Joe Morrison? I come from Minnesota? A small 
town called Park Rapids? And ah, I think, I don't know yet, 
what my major is?" 

Well, all right, ease up: No student wants to make a fool of 
himself or herself or assert some advantage on the first day 
of school; cockiness has long gone out of style among first- 
year students, and anyway, intrusive questions like "Who 
are you?" can safely be ignored. 


Reading the Odyssey was a difficult experience for 
teenagers because the poem was in part about 
them, and it called them to nothing less than the 
most heroic destiny: Who are you and what is your 
quality? Was this a challenge that media-grown 
children were prepared to face? 


But there's got to be more to it than that. They must have 
stories; they're just too guarded to speak them. And for the 
same reason, they cannot read aloud with any expression: If 
they tried to read with feeling or even emphasis, they would 
give something of themselves away. Lit Hum, I could see, 
was not so lofty in its aims that it disdained the rather home¬ 
ly pedagogical purpose of identification: By asking the stu¬ 
dents to read classic texts, the course not only offered them 
an introduction to literary study, it forced them to attach a 
small part of themselves, and then perhaps a greater part, to 
Telemachos's fear or Achilleus's anger or, later, when we got 
to Pride and Prejudice at the end of the year, to Elizabeth Ben- 
net's high-spirited directness. They will become the stories 
they read, and finally they will become their own stories. 

This wasn't quite what Tayler said, but it seemed to be part 
of his plan. 

T he complicating factor in all this is that Odysseus usual¬ 
ly lies. He washes ashore at the island of the Phaiakians, 
and after some hesitation and subterfuge, tells them his 
story, and he tells it straight. But then he goes home to Itha- 
ka and lies brilliantly to everyone, disguising himself even 
before his wife, son, and father. Like all successful dissimu¬ 
lators, he mixes a good deal of truth into his fictions: He pre¬ 
sents himself as a noble lord fallen to beggary, and recounts 
adventures and catastrophes close to his own but not quite 
his own, offering altered versions of himself so he can test 
the responses and therefore the loyalties of his listeners. 

Only gradually, bringing these odd, unsettling simulacra 
closer and closer to the truth, does he reveal his identity. 
"You can't tell the truth directly; there's no way of telling it 
directly," Tayler said to us, quoting the Emily Dickinson 
poem that begins "Tell all the truth, but tell it slant." He was 
speaking personally, I realized, explaining his indirect, 
lunge-and-retreat method of teaching, in which he made a 
guerrilla raid on the subject, never blurting out what he 
wanted simply and plainly but jabbing the students until 
they blurted it out themselves. But telling the truth "slant" 
was central to his notion of Western art, too. The question of 
identity, it turned out, was hardly a simple matter in Homer: 
Merely asserting oneself was hardly enough. Even at the be¬ 
ginning of the literary tradition of the West, the self has 
masks, and remakes itself as a fiction, and not as a guiltless 
fiction either. 

As I read deeper into the poem, I felt an increasing appre¬ 
hension. The Odyssey leaves one with the disturbing impli¬ 
cation that even a complete and masterly man must lie re¬ 
peatedly or suffer in relation to his enemies. For as Homer 
tells it, Odysseus is a liar by necessity. By the time he gets 
home, his kingdom is in complete disarray. Clearly Ithaka 
has to be put right, yet I can think of few things I've read 










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Dropping Homer from college courses because 
of his patriarchal assumptions would deprive 
students not only of the poetry, which flows in 
overwhelming waves, rendering the social view 
secondary, but of an experience they could not 
possibly get from a proper modem book—the 
heartrending impression of the sweetness of life 
and the misery of life intertwined. 


that inspire as much dread as the last four books of the 
Odyssey. Homer, who earlier had seemed indifferent to the 
techniques of suspense, now delays and delays, and in the 
gaps of that suspended movement one's anxiety grows. 
Odysseus finally unmasks himself to those who pass the 
test, his son and his loyal swineherd (he doesn't want to tip 
his hand to Penelope yet), each scene of recognition engen¬ 
dering greater emotion than the previous one. But in the 
midst of relief, an almost unpleasant conviction grows: 
Odysseus, one knows, will slaughter all the suitors. For it is 
vengeance he wants, not justice; the suitors haven't killed 
anyone or laid a hand on Penelope, but they all must die. 
Athene wills the slaughter, and Odysseus, who has gathered 
a few allies, wants it too. 

And now Athene waved the aegis, that blights humanity, 
from high aloft on the roof, and all their wits were bewildered; 
and they stampeded about the hall, like a herd of cattle 
set upon and driven wild by the darting horse fly 
in the spring season, at the time when the days grow longer; 
but the other men, who were like hook-clawed, beak-bent 
vultures, 

descending from the mountains to pounce upon the lesser birds; 
and these on the plain, shrinking away from the clouds, speed off, 
but the vultures plunge on them and destroy them, nor is there 
any 

defense, nor any escape, and men are glad for the hunting; 
so these men, sweeping about the palace, struck down 
the suitors, one man after another; the floor was smoking 
with blood, and the horrible cries rose up as their heads were 
broken. 

(XXII, 297-309) 

So the vultures from the earlier passage whose children 
were stolen away and who weep here descend on the lesser 
birds and destroy them. Was Homer offering a covert judg¬ 
ment of Odysseus, a man capable of weeping over his lost 
child and then killing weaker men? Probably not: "Justice" 
was not a notion that Homer, writing some 400 years before 
Plato, was necessarily aware of. In ancient Ithaka there was 
no law to appeal to, only the strength of a man's hand and 
alliances and the customs of a warrior society. Homer's lis¬ 
teners would not have found anything wrong in Odysseus's 
slaughter of the suitors: He was liberating his homeland. 
And that is the way the book is still taught in grade school 
(where it is encountered in such retellings as Padraic and 
Mary Column's A Children's Homer). By feeling as much 
horror as I did, I knew I was reading the poem anachronis- 
tically. 

But even if one wants to read the old books in their own 
terms, as Tayler demanded of us, how can one do that with¬ 
out suppressing natural responses? There is something un¬ 


regenerate in Homer's civilization, and in ours, that can't 
simply be ignored: The cult of merciless force is part of "the 
West" too. Just as I was cozying up to Homer and the Greeks 
as my brothers, seekers in sensual pleasure and comfort, the 
poem was forcing me to see them, again, as dangerous and 
savage, as much the "other" as my familiar—the other that 
was also part of us. 

A s Tayler worked on the structure of the book, and the 
students began warming again to the task of reading 
for pattern and symbol and thematic transformation, I real¬ 
ized I had fallen into banality—just what he hated—but I de¬ 
cided not to be ashamed of what was obvious. The trouble 
with Tayler's formalist approach to literature was that it left 
some of the juicy moral questions outside the net. He 
thought such questions too easily corrupted into contempo¬ 
rary cliche. But look, as Tayler would say, look: After 
Odysseus and his men kill the suitors, Odysseus forces the 
palace serving girls who had been sleeping with the inter¬ 
lopers to bury the bodies of their lovers; and then, when 
they are finished, Telemachos, at his father's orders, kills all 
the women. Telemachos kills them, a very young man and 
therefore (we would say) not capable of absolute judgment 
in sexual matters. In Homer's terms, of course, the women 
belong to Odysseus and Telemachos; the men's property has 
been sullied, and as Odysseus's heir. Telemachos has a right 
to exact punishment, and that's that. He's a man; he has 
rights over women. So he strangles them with ship's cable. 
"They struggled with their feet for a little, not for very long." 

O evil patriarchy! I was outraged. Do not the heroes of 
both epics constantly sleep with goddesses and concubines? 
And does not Homer find them blameless? (The suitors' sins 
are not sexual.) Sex, after all, is only the heroes' due. One 
sees the assumptions: Men's sexual appetites function freely 
as a given of nature, but women's appetites must be deter¬ 
mined by men, for women could be happy, or content, only 
in support. As for servants and slaves, they live for their 
masters and have no emotions of their own. 

A painful case, because the Odyssey is a beautiful book, 
and what's cruel in the poem is inseparable from what's 
moving in it. The Homeric tenderness, held in check in the 
Iliad, now bursts out fully, and the reader enters the paradise 
of the patriarchal vision of life, in which young men long to 
assume the responsibilities of their fathers, and wives are 
faithful to the long-gone husbands, who, though unfaithful 
themselves, nevertheless return; the paradise in which hos¬ 
pitality is rendered to guests, and slaves warm the beds of 
heroes, servants remain loyal to masters. Everything abun¬ 
dant and splendid, fragrant and comfortable—in Western 
literature, one may have to jump all the way to Tolstoy's 
War and Peace to experience again so strong a love of the ma¬ 
terial and physical joys of life. And in that patriarchal vision 
of existence, ruthless violence and the treatment of women 
as property are as thoroughly imprinted as is Telemachos's 
maturing into manhood. 

S uddenly, and early in the year, I had arrived at the mo¬ 
ment of truth. And I realized, despite my dismay over 
the slaughter of the suitors and the servant girls, that one 
had to trust one's pleasure. For I was amazed with pleasure 
and thoroughly warmed by this poem which partly depends 
on notions that have caused the suffering and self-suppres¬ 
sion of half the world's population. Yet, while loving the 






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Penelope said that 
she would prefer the 
gods let her die rather 
than "please the 
mind of an inferior 
husband." An amaz¬ 
ing remark: She will 
not please the mind 
of an inferior hus¬ 
band. There speaks 
the first woman of 
Western literature. 


poem, I could be convinced that a social structure based on 
those notions was no longer conceivable. 

One can reject the injustices of the past without rejecting 
the flower of those sinful old civilizations—an obvious 
enough idea, but one that has grown increasingly rare in 
contemporary American universities. Dropping Homer 
from college courses because of his patriarchal assumptions 
would deprive students not only of the poetry, which flows 
in overwhelming waves, rendering the social view sec¬ 
ondary, but of an experience they could not possibly get 
from a proper modern book—the heartrending impression 
of the sweetness of life and the misery of life intertwined. 
Most of the women students, when I asked them about the 
servant girls, seemed to understand that. They shrugged 
their shoulders and said something like, "That's the way 
women were treated then. You can't quarrel with history." It 
was early in the year, perhaps too early to be questioning the 
syllabus. They were eager to read. 

Despite my doubts about Tayler's method, I could see that 
in the end he was right: A book like the Odyssey can never be 
simply appropriated by one social view or the other; it's too 
complex, it bursts one's little critique, which in any case is 
only everyone else's little critique. Even as I was outraged 
by the slaughter of the suitors and the serving girls, I real¬ 
ized that criticism of the Odyssey on feminist and moral 
grounds was largely beside the point. In its own way, the 
poem spoke for women. When Odysseus arrives at the 
palace, Penelope examines the broad-shouldered but 
raggedly dressed stranger, engaging him in long conversa¬ 
tions. Or are they really tests? 

What an extraordinary woman she is—certainly no hap¬ 
less weaver of her own insignificance but every bit 
Odysseus's equal in will and possibly in duplicity too. Does 
she recognize her husband? Homer certainly doesn't say so, 
but the scenes can be read—have been read by certain schol¬ 
ars—as implying she knew it was Odysseus all along. In this 
view, she refuses to acknowledge him. It seems possible: 
Imagine the strength of her resistance to intimacy during the 
twenty years of her abstinence. Earlier she had said that she 
would prefer the gods let her die rather than force her to 
"please the mind of an inferior husband." An amazing re¬ 
mark: She will not please the mind of an inferior husband. 
There speaks the first woman of Western literature, who is 
also the first serious woman of Western literature. 

A ccepting intimacy with her own peerless husband is no 
easy affair. Even after he stands in beautiful kingly 
robes and announces himself and grows angry at her stub¬ 
bornness, she delays, testing, probing, pretending that she 
has moved the bed he had long ago made for them, a bed 
built around an olive tree (the trunk was a bedpost) and 
therefore rooted to the earth. This bed, she says mischie¬ 
vously, this bed we will set up for the stranger outside the 
bed chamber. When Odysseus loses his temper—now his 
earth-rooted bed has been moved!—she knows the man be¬ 
fore her can only be her husband. 

When Odysseus and Penelope return to "their old ritual" 
in the bed rooted to the center of the earth, it is the final 
recognition. "Odysseus passes the bed test," said Tayler, 
looking around at the students. "You've all got to pass the 
bed test." He was getting flirtatiously intimate again. It was 
really an outrageous thing to say to 18-year-olds, but he was 
determined to be tough with them. His way out of formal¬ 


ism—at least with first-year students—was to bring their 
reading back to the question of their own identity. 

And as when the land appears welcome to men who are 
swimming, 

after Poseidon has smashed their strong-built ship on the open 
water, pounding it with the weight of wind and the heavy 
seas, and only a few escape the gray water landward 
by swimming, with a thick scurf of salt coated upon them, 
and gladly they set foot on the shore, escaping the evil; 
so welcome was her husband to her as she looked upon him, 
and she could not let him go from the embrace of her white arms. 
Now Dawn of the rosy fingers would have dawned on their 
weeping, 

had not the gray-eyed goddess Athene planned it otherwise. 

She held the long night back at the outward edge, she detained 
Dawn of the golden throne by the Ocean, and would not let her 
harness her fast-footed horses who bring the daylight to people: 
Lampos and Phaethon, the Dawn's horses, who carry her. 

Then resourceful Odysseus spoke to his wife, saying: 

'Dear wife, we have not yet come to the limit of all our trials ....' 

(XXIII, 233-249) 

Odysseus, one of the meanings of whose name is "trouble," 
will soon go off to complete his adventures. Summing up, 
Tayler looked around and spoke slowly. 

"You can go back to the amniotic sea," he said, "or you 
can make your surface shining and impenetrable, so no one 
knows you. Look at you guys, you think you can find unal¬ 
loyed happiness. Some of you are hermetically sealed; some 
of you are going to be terrified if you are found out. Look, I 
don't know why you can't just have joy. But if you're going 
to be truly recognized, it has to involve trouble and pain. 

You can be Kalypsoed or Odysseused, buried or troubled." 

Some advice! Some advice to give the future leaders of the 
Western world, the hegemonic lawgivers, the triumphalist 
accountants of the white imperium! 


David Denby '65, best known as the film critic of New York 
magazine, also contributes articles to The New Yorker, 

The New Republic, and The New York Review of Books. 
Mr. Denby and his wife, the novelist Cathleen Schine, live on 
Manhattan's Upper West Side with their two sons, Max, 10, and 
Thomas, 6. 
















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The imperiled heart of the core 


A growing misunderstanding about what the core curriculum is 
—and what it isn't—threatens the program's eventual survival. 


by John D. Rosenberg '50 

Professor of English and Comparative Literature 


C ertain ordinary moments, haunting even as they pass, 
strike us with a sense of their transparent symbolism. 
Early last September, on an unusually crisp day for late sum¬ 
mer in New York City, I was hauling a load of Humanities 
books from my apartment on Riverside Drive to my office in 
Philosophy Hall. It's an uphill journey, as I become increas¬ 
ingly aware with the passing years. But my son Matthew 
helped push the loaded dolly as I guided its rather wobbly 
course. We passed the subway entrance on the corner of 
Broadway and 116th Street, and I thought of my mother, 
who, the year after the Armistice in 1918, emerged from the 
same subway station to attend her first classes at Barnard. I 
too had taken the same train from Brooklyn immediately 
after World War II and occupied a room in Hartley, just 
down the hall from the room my brother Martin had lived in 
as a freshman at the start of the war and to which he might 
have returned, had not the B-17 he navigated been blown to 
pieces over Germany. 

We unloaded the books in my English department office, 
and I heard the dolly clattering down the corridor as Matt 
headed toward his freshman room in John Jay. I felt a pang 
of pleasure and of trepidation as I thought of what lay ahead 
for him, his classmates, and their successors. The distinctive, 
defining element of a Columbia College education—the 
Core—remains powerfully intact at this moment. But I fear 
for its future. In a few years, only the name but not the reali¬ 
ty of Contemporary Civilization and Humanities may re¬ 
main for your sons and daughters. 

T he Core will survive only if those who determine its fu¬ 
ture understand what it is—and is not. More than a clus¬ 
ter of related courses in general education, it is the source of 
the College's unique intellectual culture, the essence of its 
distinction. It is not what it is commonly misconceived to be, 
a Great Books course in the "fundamentals of Western Civi¬ 
lization." The readings in C.C. and Humanities do not es¬ 
pouse but interrogate "Western values"; indeed, in their va¬ 
riety and contentiousness, in their radical accounting of 
what it is to be—or not to be—human, they subvert even as 
they affirm the very concepts of value and of the self. Hu¬ 
manities is so keenly remembered by so many of its former 
students because in those stark encounters in small classes 
between teacher, text, and our emergent selves we caught 
early glimpses of the mind we later came to recognize as our 
own. The chosen vehicle for that encounter is certain impor¬ 
tant Western works of literature, philosophy, and history. 
Important books, rather than great books, because from its 


very beginning the founders of Humanities rejected the no¬ 
tion of a fixed "canon" of masterpieces, thereby insuring 
lively debate over the syllabus ever since. Of the nearly 150 
works that have appeared on and off the Humanities read¬ 
ing list since 1937, only five have never left it: the Iliad, the 
Oresteia, Oedipus the King, the Inferno, and King Lear. 

Certain elements in the configuration of the Core have re¬ 
mained constant; others, in response to pressures from the 
larger culture, have undergone change. In the late 60's and 
early 70's, for example, the very idea of a common course 
with common readings was decried as authoritarian and 
anachronistic. During that most centrifugal moment in the 
modern history of the College, the faculty came close to 
abolishing C.C. and Humanities as required courses. "Rele¬ 
vance" was the slogan, as if books were mirrors of the mo¬ 
ment and of ourselves, the greater the likeness, the greater 
the book. As Chairman of Humanities A at the time, I ar¬ 
gued that if we shifted from all sections doing one thing to 
each section doing its own, relevant thing, the course would 
walk away from us. It very nearly did, but after several 
years the optional reading period dwindled to the last week 
of the course, a Solomonic solution that preserves common¬ 
ality while affording limited choice. 

I f the issue for Humanities in the 70's was relevance, the 
issue of the 80's was gender. Women entered the class¬ 
room in 1983 and appeared on the syllabus in 1985. In retro¬ 
spect, what is remarkable is that both dates are so belated. 
Both are associated in my mind with a bright day in 1989 
when a brave young woman hung a long banner of women 
authors just above the frieze of males atop Butler Library. 
How many names, I thought, and how few I've read! The 
College I had known in the 40's was, of course, all male, 
though two women (one was Susan Sontag) were on the 
staff in the early 50's. But they were felt to be one of the 
Boys. Most males on the staff did not think of themselves as 
guilty of "sexism." Neither the concept nor the word entered 
our heads until the word was coined in 1970. 

The problem with prejudice of all kinds is that it is rarely 
recognized as such at the time, and it breeds further inequity 
and ill-will in the very course of its eradication. The quarrel 
within the staff over the inclusion of Mme. de La Fayette's La 
Princesse de Cleves (1678) was more bitterly divisive than any 
in my long memory of the course. The objection to the inclu¬ 
sion of this historically significant novel was its unsuitability 
to a first-year Humanities class not made up of majors in the 
history of the French novel. But to oppose La Princesse, even 






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though one advocated the inclusion of Pride and Prejudice or 
Middlemarch, marked one as sexist. La Princesse survived on i 
the syllabus for a few years, then silently exited for the least 
contentious of reasons: the book made for dull Humanities 
classes. 

Such academic infighting is of little interest in the larger 
world. But it raises an important issue for the readers of this - 
magazine, and that is the integrity of the Core itself. The 1 
debacle of the Princesse marked the first time in my memory ] 

that political pressure was brought directly to bear on cur- ( 
ricular matters by those not teaching the course, who had lit- ] 
tie knowledge of, and perhaps less regard for, the nature of 
Humanities. Yet the course cannot function without an au¬ 
tonomous staff that makes its own curricular decisions and 
lives with them in the classroom. Books that are not freely 
debated and chosen by an informed, experienced, and inde¬ 
pendent staff, books that enter the classroom for even the 
best of political or ideological reasons—because a particular 
culture or historical period or genre or nationality or race or 
life style is underrepresented—such books almost always 
fare badly in the classroom because they are chosen for the 
wrong reasons. 

L et me offer a neutral example. Moby Dick first entered the 
syllabus in the spring of 1973, for the good reason that 
our students had no opportunity to read a work by an 
American author. But the great whale sank from sight after a 
single semester and has not resurfaced since—not because 
Moby Dick is not a great book, but because not all great 
books make for great Humanities classes. When I recently 
asked my Humanities class if they would like to read Toni 
Morrison's Beloved as our final, optional selection, I did so 
not because Morrison is a Woman or Black or American, or 
because she is a contemporary writer or her novel is about 
slavery; I did so because first and foremost she is a very 
great writer who explores on every page the proper subject 
of the course, our humanitas, our common and uncommon 
humanity. 

No person of good will can doubt that the cultures and 
achievements of women, of African-Americans, of Native 
Americans, of Latin America and Africa and Islam and Asia, 
have been underrepresented and underappreciated in the 
curricula of American colleges. But the way to end such 
provinciality and ignorance is not, in the phrase of Morris 
Dickstein '61, to apply the doctrine of affirmative action to 
cultural studies. This was the path taken by Stanford Uni¬ 
versity in 1988 when it reconstituted its required courses 
in Western Civilization into a pluralistic smorgasbord of 
choices. The fault with such a program is not its laudable 
egalitarianism but its lamentable superficiality and 
incoherence. 

The same societal and institutional pressures that com¬ 
pelled change at Stanford are powerfully operative at Co¬ 
lumbia. It would be a pity if, in response to such pressures, 
supporters of the Core lapsed into a siege mentality and in¬ 
voked expired pieties to defend their goals. The issue is not 
the preservation of "Western values" vs. the representation 
of "minorities," elitism vs. egalitarianism. All good educa¬ 
tion is elitist, for it leads us to make valid distinctions, and | 
egalitarian, for it exposes false ones. But the struggle as o 
presently defined can only bloody both sides and leave the q 
prize—the curriculum—in shambles. g 

The choice now before us is not between preserving the % 


coherence and integrity of the Core, to the exclusion of other 
cultures, or radically restructuring it to acknowledge the 
proximity and importance of non-Western cultures. Herein 
lies the wisdom of the 1988 de Bary Commission's recom¬ 
mendation that we retain the introductory C.C. and Human¬ 
ities requirement, and then build outward to include re¬ 
quired additional study of other cultures: the "Extended 
Core" that has since evolved into the "Cultures and Issues 
Requirement." Those who currently decry the Eurocentrism 
of the Core are perhaps unaware that Columbia has been 
preeminent in developing undergraduate programs in non- 
Western cultures. In 1947-48, for example. Professors Moses 
Hadas and Herbert Deane '42 inaugurated the first Oriental 
Humanities seminar in the United States: the brilliance of 
those evening classes under their tutelage, when we felt like 
young pioneers headed East, remains among the most daz¬ 
zling of my College memories. 

G iven the renewed strength of the Core and the welcome 
call of President Rupp and Dean Marcus to refocus the 
University upon undergraduate education, these should be 
the best of times for the College, but they may prove to be 
the most perilous. The coincidence of two imperatives—ed¬ 
ucational and financial—has led to this recentering of inter¬ 
est on the College. For example, the neglect of undergradu¬ 
ate education in favor of faculty research could no longer be 
ignored. Nor could we ignore spiraling costs at a time of di¬ 
minished federal and state support for higher education. 
Undergraduates ultimately bring to the University more 
money than they cost, while graduate students cost more 
than they bring. Not surprisingly. College enrollment has in¬ 
creased twenty percent in the past dozen years and it will 
continue to grow as the Graduate School continues to 
shrink. The issue, then, is not whether the College will fur¬ 
ther expand, but at what pace, and at what cost to its integri¬ 
ty and excellence. 

The conflicting claims of size and quality will be most 
fiercely contested in the costly, labor-intensive classrooms of 
the Core. Humanities A began with only twenty sections 
and a staff small enough to dine around the now legendary 
table at which Mark Van Doren and Irwin Edman '16, Moses 
Hadas and Joseph Krutch, Lionel Trilling '25 and Jacques 
Barzun '27 talked about what books to teach and how best to 
teach them. We now have over fifty sections and it may be 
that we have already reached the numerical limit of a cohe ¬ 
sive, autonomous staff. But there is a more fundamental 


A specialist in Victorian lit¬ 
erature, Professor of Eng¬ 
lish John D. Rosenberg 
'50 has been associated with 
Literature Humanities for 
nearly half a century, first 
as student, then as teacher 
and chairman. He has lec¬ 
tured on the College's core 
curriculum to the cadets at 
West Point and, most re¬ 
cently, to the Society of Co¬ 
lumbia Graduates. His 
books include the award¬ 
winning The Darkening 
Glass: A Portrait of 
Ruskin's Genius and criti¬ 
cal studies of Tennyson and 
Carlyle. 
















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issue than the limits of expandability of collegiality, and this 
issue goes to the very core of the Core. Here I speak for 
every experienced instructor I know: neither Humanities 
nor C.C. can possibly perform their unique functions in 
large sections (over 25 students) or in a lecture format, sup¬ 
plemented by individual section leaders. The more expert or 
engaging the lecturer, the more total the usurpation of the 
intent of the Core. 

T o understand this paradox is to understand why the 
Core works and why it is so prized by our alumni/ae. 

Let me explain with a parable. In the fall of 1954, Professor 
Moses Hadas, a world-renowned classicist and one of the 
very greatest of Columbia's great teachers, announced to the 
incoming Humanities students that he would teach only half 
of the course, and that he chose the modern, spring semester 
because he was an expert in the literature of Greece and 
Rome. The role of the Humanities instructor is to make him¬ 
self dispensable. (See the commentary by Bernard Einbond 
'58 in the Columbia Daily Spectator, 11/4/93.) 

We now live in an age which, in the anguish of its uncer¬ 
tainties, deifies experts and has reduced liberal education to 
vocational training with a Ph.D. at the end. Not surprisingly, 
the attitudes toward learning of a Moses Hadas perhaps ap¬ 
pear quaint or offensive. Professor Joan Ferrante, a distin¬ 
guished medievalist who has never taught Humanities, per¬ 
suasively espouses this point of view. "At a time when anti- 
intellectualism is rife, the idea of glorifying a course that, at 
best, we can teach incompetently, is offensive," she said in 
Columbia College Today [Winter 1989], 

If the aim of Humanities were the communication of a 
particular body of knowledge, Professor Ferrante would 
be right, and we who profess it would be irresponsible 
amateurs. The course, however, does not codify a body of 
knowledge but rather is an inquiry into the nature of know¬ 
ing and of the self. The inquiry is conducted through rigor¬ 
ous scrutiny of a number of books. None of us is expert in all 
of them, though all of us are expert in at least one, and to all 
of them we bring the rigorous professional training, pre- or 
post-doctoral, of our particular humanistic discipline. 

As the demands of graduate and professional schools 
more and more determine the content of undergraduate ed¬ 
ucation, the counterweight of the Core becomes increasingly 
necessary. Elsewhere in his or her college career the Human¬ 
ities student trains to become an engineer, a French teacher, 
a doctor, a computer scientist. Here the students' profession 
is that of Humanist. In dialogue with text, teacher and class¬ 
mates, they learn to pose questions that may never again 
arise in their college careers. Yet a certain habit of inquiry, a 
certain temper of mind, persists long after college, a kind of 
internalized Core that stands apart from the ordinary busi¬ 
ness of our later lives and is the special legacy of Columbia 
College. 

T hree irreducible elements have enabled Humanities to 
evolve and adapt while remaining itself. These are the 
rock on which the Core is founded, the substratum that has 
sustained decades of fruitful innovation. These irreducible 
elements are a common reading list and common final exam 
for all sections; small classes of first-year students, taught 
over the full year by a single instructor, in which dialogue 
displaces lectures; and a teaching staff that meets regularly 
and with full autonomy debates and determines the syl¬ 


labus. Any one of these elements, if subverted, will render 
the other two ineffectual. 

The syllabus of Humanities must not be entrusted to any 
constituency—administrative, political, or whatever—other 
than those who are actively engaged in its teaching and who 
know which constellation of books works best in the class¬ 
room. If the staff's independence is eroded, its stake in the 
common enterprise will be diminished. Uninformed, out¬ 
side pressures will warp the course beyond recognition, 
turning Humanities into a "themes" or "issues" course, 
thereby subordinating the heart of the matter—the books 
themselves—and stressing the mere handles by which we 
get hold of them—family, race, the environment, or whatev¬ 
er issue burns brightly at the moment. 

The weekly staff lunches at the Heyman Humanities Cen¬ 
ter are the most authentically democratic and communal 
University occasions I know. Junior and senior faculty from 
a dozen different departments, preceptors teaching their 
first classes, speak a common, jargon-free language—one 
voice, one vote—about the books we teach in class. At year's 
end, during the battle of the books, passions swirl about 
adding this work or dropping that and the course, phoenix¬ 
like, recreates itself out of the ashes of the expired syllabus. 

At present, however, staff autonomy and small classes are 
under threat. A budget deficit of $6 million for the Arts and 
Sciences has just been announced and faculty hiring has 
been cut back to the bone. Faced with increased undergrad¬ 
uate enrollment, a subcommittee of the Arts and Sciences 
Executive Committee has suggested converting smaller 
classes into a lecture/discussion format. The same pressure 
upon scarce faculty resources evidently underlay an experi¬ 
ment last semester in Music Humanities, conducted under 
the watchful eye of the College administration. The object 
was to ascertain if the character of the Core could be main¬ 
tained while greatly expanding class size (one section had 
over 60 students). Self-evidently, it cannot, as a petition 
signed by over 800 students in protest of the enlarged sec¬ 
tions made emphatically clear. The wonder is not that the 
experiment was unsuccessful but that it was undertaken in 
the interest of upgrading undergraduate education. The 
irony is compounded by the timing of the experiment, for it 
immediately followed the May 1993 Report of the Commit¬ 
tee on the Future of Columbia College, the first "major rec¬ 
ommendation" of which calls for maintaining the integrity 
of the Core through the retention of small classes. 

reat savings would of course be realized if the Core 
shifted to a lecture/discussion format. But such a shift 
would subvert the aims of the Core and destroy the instru¬ 
ment of its continuity—an autonomous staff. In Literature 
Humanities, for example, five skilled lecturers could replace 
fifty instructors, currently a mix of senior and junior faculty 
and of graduate students. Their combined salaries, includ¬ 
ing half the annual compensation for full professors, would 
be reduced to stipends for fifty graduate-student discussion 
leaders—great savings achieved at too great a cost. 

The imposition of required weekly lectures would in¬ 
evitably reduce the available hours for classroom dialogue, 
diminishing the high degree of intellectual community 
achieved over the year between instructor and students. 
Worse, the expert lecturer would, by definition, appear to 
render the classroom instructor inexpert, a section-leader of 
questionable credentials relegated to the peonage of under- 




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Three irreducible elements 
have enabled Humanities 
to evolve and adapt while 
remaining itself: a com¬ 
mon reading list and final 
exam; small classes 
taught by a single instruc¬ 
tor in which dialogue dis¬ 
places lectures; and a 
teaching staff that meets 
regularly and autono¬ 
mously debates and 
determines the course 
syllabus. 


graduate classroom teaching—an ironic consequence of the 
University's attempt to improve undergraduate education. 
College alumni have long enjoyed pointing out to their Har¬ 
vard counterparts that Columbia's most junior students, un¬ 
like Harvard's, can study in small classes with our most se¬ 
nior faculty. Those I know with any experience teaching the 
course would respectfully decline to serve as expert lectur¬ 
ers in Humanities (an oxymoron), knowing that the enter¬ 
prise had already died and hoping that it would not suffer 
too protracted and public a decay. All that would remain 
would be five shining but inaccessible stars, a demoralized 
Director, and an ill-paid staff of graduate-assistants who had 
never known the culture of the course and had little motive, 
and less knowledge or authority, to perpetuate it. The de¬ 
scription of Literature Humanities in the current College 
Bulletin is plaintively pertinent here: in small classes of "ap¬ 
proximately twenty," 

students learn that passionate critical disagreements need not 

lead either to confusion or dogmatism, but, ideally, may sharpen 

the awareness of their own values and enhance their ability to 

appreciate other points of view. 

How can it be that the first fruits of the new Administra¬ 
tion's sincere dedication to the strengthening of undergrad¬ 
uate education at Columbia may result in the crippling of 
the Core? The answer, I believe, lies in a commonly held 
misconception of its purpose. That misconception surfaces 
in Dean Marcus's answer to a reporter's question, "What, 
then, is the essence of the Core, the part not subject to 
change?" To which the Dean replied, "The essence of the 
Core is the idea that all Columbia College students have a 
common experience in the foundations of Western Civiliza¬ 
tion" [The Federalist Paper , 9/21 /93]. Now if that were in¬ 
deed the essence of the Core, it should be taught in large lec¬ 
ture halls—the size is immaterial—by gifted lecturers expert 
in Western Civilization. But the Core, especially Humani¬ 


ties, is not a course in Western Civilization. It is a course in 
thinking, feeling, arguing, reading, writing, doubting, and 
believing. Its medium is certain "important books" by West¬ 
ern authors that best provoke these activities in dialogue 
with an instructor and other students in small classes. 

I know of no one on the faculty who has served his de¬ 
partment, College, or University with more distinction than 
Dean Marcus, who is also Vice President of Arts and Sci¬ 
ences. No one is more strategically situated to shape the fu¬ 
ture of the Core. Out of our common concern for that future, 

I draw his attention to a phrase in the recent Report of the 
Committee on the Future of Columbia College. The authors 
contrast the distribution curricula of our peer institutions 
with the small classes of the Core, which they describe as 
"an oasis of order and purpose." Perhaps that is why our 
students prize it so highly and defend it so fiercely. Perhaps 
that is why our alumni/ae, after the books and instructors 
may have faded, remain so loyal to the Core. 

Y oung men dream dreams; old men have visions. As I try 
to glimpse the Columbia College of the next century, I 
see two divergent paths—one bright, one in eclipse. Which 
of the two we follow in part depends on regional and na¬ 
tional issues beyond our control. But we have a good mea¬ 
sure of choice. We may, by displacing our priorities, lapse 
into mediocrity; or we may strengthen our curriculum, in¬ 
cluding the Core, and upgrade our facilities to match the ex¬ 
cellence of the students and faculty we now attract. 

I am struck in closing by how much of my own life and 
the life of the Core have run in tandem. Humanities was not 
ten years old when I took it as a teenager. My own teachers, 
many of them still young, had freshly founded the course, 
and now, within a few years of retirement, I perhaps have 
had the longest continuing association with Humanities A 
of anyone now teaching it. May the course and I not be 
coterminous. 












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He taught us how to read Homer 

An appreciation of the late Howard Porter , who 
left his mark on a generation of Lit Hum students. 

by Jeremy G. Epstein '67 


Editor's Note: Professor Emeritus of Greek 
and Latin Howard N. Porter, who died a 
year ago in March, was a vital member of 
the College faculty from 1956 until his re¬ 
tirement in 1978. Chairman of the classics 
department from 1968 to 1971, Professor 
Porter also chaired Literature Humanities 
(then called Humanities A) and taught in 
the Colloquium on Important Books. 

When Jeremy Epstein, a former student 
of Professor Porter, offered this remem¬ 
brance to Columbia College Today, he 
noted, "It is particularly appropriate to re¬ 
call Porter's impact on a generation of Co¬ 
lumbia students, because by doing so we 
also celebrate the enduring value of the Hu¬ 
manities course." 

H oward Porter loved Columbia— 
this despite his having previous¬ 
ly taught at Yale, where he had re¬ 
ceived all of his degrees. He was, in 
fact, a descendent of generations of 
Yale graduates, including Noah Porter, 
Yale's president in the late 19th centu¬ 
ry. Professor Porter was typically self- 
deprecating about this ancestry: He ob¬ 
served that Noah Porter had set back 
the study of science at Yale for at least 
100 years, and that as a consequence, 
his presidency was commemorated 
there only by a gate rather than by 
something more substantial. 

Porter often remarked on the atmos¬ 
pheric differences between New 
Haven and Morningside Heights. He 
regarded Columbia as a place of enor¬ 
mous intellectual energy, where ideas 
mattered. This energy was mirrored in 
his own approach to teaching under¬ 
graduates. In class he could barely con¬ 
tain his enthusiasm for his subject, and 
that spirit was contagious. He never sat 
down and seldom stood still, and he 
spoke in a staccato style reminiscent of 
Alfred Jingle in The Pickwick Papers. 

Porter taught at a time when 
Columbia's classics department was 
dominated by two highly visible fig¬ 
ures, Moses Hadas and Gilbert Highet. 
Ironically, many of those who, like me, 
were first drawn to Columbia by the 


reputations of Hadas and Highet, 
ended up valuing their experience with 
Porter above all else. 

My case is probably typical. In the 
fall of my freshman year, the student 
Board of Managers sponsored a series 
of lectures on the books in the Humani¬ 
ties course. Porter lectured on the 
Odyssey. After hearing him for an hour, 
I knew why I had come to Columbia. I 
approached him, told him that I was an 
aspiring classics major, and asked to be 
transferred into his Humanities section 
for the second semester. He arranged 
that transfer, and I thereafter took 
every course with him that I could 
manage: a course in Greek lyric poetry, 
and the Colloquium, which he taught 
in my junior year. 

B oth Highet and Hadas were senior 
to Porter and far better known, but 
like him, they were great scholars who 
could also write on large subjects for 
the general reader. I like to think that 
there was something in the structure of 
Columbia's curriculum that con¬ 
tributed to their intellectual breadth. 
Classicists were the backbone of the 
Humanities course. This meant they 
not only had to make themselves un¬ 
derstood by their non-specialist stu¬ 
dents, but also were required to read 
and teach far beyond the confines of 
the Greek and Latin authors in the first 
semester in Humanities A. One of 
Highet's greatest books, The Classical 
Tradition, a study of classical influences 
in Western literature through the 20th 
century, discusses virtually every 
work, classical and non-classical, read 
in Humanities A. 

This sort of academic versatility is 
uncommon. During most of the 20th 
century, the study of classics on both 
sides of the Atlantic has suffered from 
a continuing tension between special¬ 
ists and generalists. Many specialists 
could not see beyond their preoccupa¬ 
tion with philological trivia; the sole 
focus of their efforts was textual criti¬ 
cism, which mainly involved authenti¬ 


cating the texts of ancient authors, not 
determining what these texts meant. 
The generalists, meanwhile, managed 
to grasp and teach the larger signifi¬ 
cance of their subject. 

G ilbert Murray and A. E. Housman 
were perhaps the best examples of 
this polarity, in the early part of the 
century. Murray, who was Regius Pro¬ 
fessor of Greek at Oxford, wrote on a 
variety of subjects that appealed to 
both scholarly and popular audiences; 
his book on the Greek epic is still read. 
He was also active in various liberal 
causes in England, including the 
League of Nations. A. E. Housman, 
Kennedy Professor of Latin at Cam¬ 
bridge, represented specialism at its 
narrowest. His greatest work—to 
which he devoted almost 30 years— 
was an edition of Manilius, an obscure 
Latin poet who wrote a treatise on as¬ 
tronomy in verse that is now read by 
virtually no one. Housman's years of 
devotion to a subject of such little con¬ 
sequence constituted more than a grim 
self-parody. Because of his position 
and extraordinary ability, he influ¬ 
enced a generation of classical scholars 
in England, who thought that textual 
criticism was all there was to the sub¬ 
ject. 

Columbia's classics department 
never suffered from this tension. Its 
foremost members were both special¬ 
ists and generalists, and Porter embod¬ 
ied these dual abilities as well as any¬ 
one in the department. He was an 
authority on Greek metrics and the po¬ 
etry of Pindar, who wrote in a very dif¬ 
ficult meter called dactylo-epitrite. Al¬ 
though Porter wrote little, his expertise 
was recognized internationally, and he 
was frequently consulted by fellow 
scholars, such as Geoffrey Kirk, Regius 
Professor of Greek at Cambridge. At 
the same time. Porter's abilities as a 
generalist were evidenced by his chair¬ 
manship of Humanities A in the early 
1960's and by his astonishing gift for 
communicating his enthusiasm and 







COURTESY OF JEREMY EPSTEIN 


Columbia College Today 


23 



asks him what he is doing carrying a 
winnowing fan. 

Already in this juxtaposition of its be¬ 
ginning and end something of the nature 
of Odysseus's journey is apparent. It is a 
journey from west to east, from sitting to 
standing, from passive dejection to tri¬ 
umphant action, from abstract to con¬ 
crete (Ogygia exists only in the realm of 
fantasy, i.e. abstraction. Ithaka is real. 

We can still go there), from immortality, 
which is paradoxically death, into mor¬ 
tal life, from the timeless back into histo¬ 
ry, also from limitless luxury to a world 
of strife and pain, perhaps, too, from 
sterility to fertility—note how the oar, 
the instrument of toil on the barren sea, 
is to become the instrument whereby the 
holy grain of Demeter is separated from 
the chaff. 

"The whole poem," Porter later sug¬ 
gests, "can be described as the apoca¬ 
lypse or unveiling of Odysseus: his es¬ 
cape from the cave of Kalypso, where 
he was nothing, to the bright sunlight 
of Ithaka, where he achieves his identi¬ 
ty." Thus, Odysseus moves from a life 
of aimless pleasure, a living death, to a 
life of action and engagement, of re¬ 
union with his family, and of return to 
his community—an analysis that re¬ 
flects Porter's own belief that a life of 
engagement and passion is the only life 
worth living. 

N o one was more engaged with his 
work and with his students than 
Howard Porter, and no teacher I met at 
Columbia evoked more passionate en¬ 
gagement, and love, in return. 

Many great scholars have their ca¬ 
reers climaxed with a festschrift in 
which students and colleagues write 
essays in their honor, or perhaps even 
with an endowed chair or some other 
lasting token of remembrance. Profes¬ 
sor Porter will have none of these mon¬ 
uments, but he will live in the memo¬ 
ries of students whose lives he 
touched, who hope that Columbia is 
offering its present generation of stu¬ 
dents something of what Howard 
Porter gave to theirs. ___ 


Jeremy G. Epstein '67 graduated from 
the College summa cum laude and con¬ 
tinued his classics studies as a Kellett 
Fellow at Jesus College, Cambridge. A 
graduate of Yale Law School and a former 
Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern 
District of New York, Mr. Epstein is now a 
litigation partner with the New York firm 
of Shearman & Sterling. 


love for his subject to freshman Hu¬ 
manities students who knew neither 
Latin nor Greek. 


T he principal reason that Porter was 
far less well known than his col¬ 
leagues Hadas and Highet was that he 
published almost nothing. To my 
knowledge, he wrote no books and 
only a few scholarly articles on Greek 
metrics. Fortunately, one piece of his 
writing for the general reader survives. 
In the early 1960's, Porter wrote the in¬ 
troduction for a Bantam paperback edi¬ 
tion of the Odyssey. Because the transla¬ 
tion used was long ago superseded by 
far better ones, the edition is out of 
print. Porter's essay, however, de¬ 
served a longer life. I purchased a copy 
as a freshman at Columbia and have 
cherished it ever since. Porter's essay is 
not only one of the finest analyses of 
the poem in English; it offers insight 
into how he taught and who he was. 

He begins the essay by noting "that 
to read [the Odyssey] merely as a 
'whale of a good story,' or worse, as an 
anthology of disconnected stories, is to 
miss much of what the poem has to tell 
us." To many Columbia freshmen. 


both the Iliad and the Odyssey at first 
appeared to be endless catalogues of 
battles fought and perils overcome, sig¬ 
nifying little. Porter taught us how to 
read Homer. 

His essay invites us to consider the 
Odyssey as "an epic of rebirth based on 
a metaphorical journey." This was one 
of his favorite phrases, and one that he 
often used in class. In a brilliant pas¬ 
sage, he explains: 


Odysseus's situation on Ogygia 
[where the poem begins] is much like 
that of Adam in Paradise before the Fall. 
He has the best of food and drink, a 
beautiful consort, and the promise of im¬ 
mortality. Yet in our first actual view of 
him he is sitting by the shore, weeping. 

In our final view of Odysseus he no 
longer sits weeping, but stands shout¬ 
ing. Flanked by his revivified father and 
his son, who has finally made the grade 
as a man, he lets out a war whoop, 
swoops down on his fellow citizens and 
routs them. Peace is established at home. 
We hear of a new journey to come, this 
time inland, to a people who know noth¬ 
ing of the sea and use no salt with their 
food. He must carry an oar over his 
shoulder. He will know when he has 
reached his destination when someone 








24 



Editor's note: The following text is adapted 
and excerpted from a talk given by Dean 
Marcus to the board of directors of the 
Columbia College Alumni Association 
on January 28,1994. 

I want to communicate to you some 
impressions of how I perceive the 
College now, at the end of my first se¬ 
mester as Dean. Like so many of you, I 
began here as an undergraduate. I pro¬ 
gressed through graduate school, 
through fellowships abroad and else¬ 
where, and returned as a junior faculty 
member; I then went on to become a 
senior faculty member, then a chair of a 
department, and now Dean and Vice 
President—a complex set of mutations. 

Our first concern has to do with the 
College's students. They are extraordi¬ 
narily alive and vital. They are interest¬ 
ed in all sorts of intellectual, cultural, 
and scientific matters. They're here, al¬ 
most all of them, because they chose to 
be here. They do not mistake Riverside 
Park for The Farm at Stanford. What 
makes them different—and marks 
them out in their own identification of 
themselves—is a common intellectual 
and cultural set of experiences at a dis¬ 
tinguished college within a great uni¬ 
versity within New York City. 

The students are enormously com¬ 
mitted to the curriculum, particularly 
to the experience of the Core. They are 
enthusiastic about it. They have de¬ 
fended it. They are intensely interested 
in the experiments we are making with 
it: the controversial and perhaps inade- 


Steven Marcus '48, internationally 
known as a scholar of Freud, Dickens and 
Victorian literature, was appointed Dean 
of Columbia College and Vice President for 
Arts and Sciences in July 1993. 


A report to alumni and friends: 

Thriving and self-critical 

As it moves toward a more central role in a vibrant , 
21st-century university , Columbia College is now 
reassessing its core strengths and addressing long 
overshadowed areas of academic and campus life. 

by Steven Marcus '48 
Dean of the College 


quately considered enlargement of two 
sections of Music Humanities, and the 
more successful experiment in certain 
sections of Contemporary Civilization, 
for which the syllabus has been orga¬ 
nized thematically, as well as chrono¬ 
logically. We have no plans for enlarg¬ 
ing the sizes of core classes, but we will 
continue to give the most careful con¬ 
sideration to proposals for improving 
the College's cherished core curricu¬ 
lum and enabling us to carry it forward 
for years to come. 


I hold office hours in the evenings, 
and an interesting variety of students 
comes to see me. One of them came in 
simply because he wanted to know 
whether I was there or not, and when I 
invited him to sit down, he said, "No, 
thank you." I said, "Well, why not?" 
And he said, "Well maybe I'll come 
back again when I have something to 
say." And he turned around, rather 
charmingly, and left. He has not yet 
come back. 

It would not be Columbia if some 
students who came to see me did not 
have a set of complaints and were not 
articulate about them. The major com¬ 
plaints have to do with housing. We 
are now virtually a fully residential 
college—the entering class this year 
was 99 percent residential—and that 
means that our available dormitory re¬ 
sources are being stretched. On the 
positive side, I've visited the students 
in their dormitories, and I can report 
that the house system is living up to 
expectations. Let us hope that we con¬ 
tinue to have the funds to expand it, so 
that, finally, all of our students who 
choose to live within the house system 
are able to do so. 

The second major source of student 


dissatisfaction is our advising system, 
especially in the first two years. Profes¬ 
sor George Flynn of the Chemistry de¬ 
partment is the chair of a committee 
that is part of a task force on student 
services that is looking into this prob¬ 
lem and other problems that relate to 
such matters. 


O ne question I am regularly asked 
at meetings with students, faculty 
and alumni is how well our new lead¬ 
ership structure is working, especially 
the fusing of the College deanship with 
the Arts and Sciences vice presidency. 

It is almost certainly too early to make 
a definitive judgment, but it is quite 
clear to me that simply by joining those 
positions, we have succeeded in mak¬ 
ing the College more of a central entity 
in the Arts and Sciences, and therefore 
in the University, than it had been be¬ 
fore. For example in the Planning and 
Budget Committee, which is the chief 
decision-making body in the Arts and 
Sciences, a great deal of our time is 
now spent not merely on faculty and 
departmental problems, but on the ef¬ 
fect that such problems have on under¬ 
graduate education. 

The pressures on all of us are greatly 
intensified by the current budget diffi¬ 
culties and constraints, however. We're 
in the midst of a three-year down cycle, 
and next year, the third year of that 
cycle, is going to be very severe be¬ 
cause we're wringing the last bit out of 
our large structural deficit. This means 
that every element in Arts and Sciences 
will be called upon to make sacrifices. 
But there are a number of goals that 
everyone agrees we must protect: our 
need-blind admissions policy; the 
quality of the Core; the strengthening 
of the upper College curriculum; the 






Columbia College Today 


25 


availability of adequate housing; and 
the avoidance of unreasonable tuition 
rises. We are competing for a limited 
pool of resources, but it's a very collab¬ 
orative competition, and we are trying 
at the same time to do the best for the 
whole. 

There are a number of unsolved 
problems in the new arrangement, 
among them a kind of functional over¬ 
load on the offices for which I am re¬ 
sponsible. I am extremely fortunate in 
having as collaborators and colleagues 
two associate vice presidents for Arts 
and Sciences—Caroline Bynum and 
Eduardo Macagno—who are also 
deans, and I am very fortunate in hav¬ 
ing two further close colleagues in the 
College, Deans Kathryn Yatrakis and 
Roger Lehecka '67, to whom I can dele¬ 
gate a great deal. (I should also men¬ 
tion Deans Drusilla Blackman and Jim 
McMenamin, who are respectively in 
charge of Admissions and Financial 
Aid, and Alumni Relations, and whose 
work is indispensable for the proper 
functioning of the College.) Neverthe¬ 
less, we still have not solved all the 
problems of an appropriate division of 
labor among all these many functions. 
But I am above all gratified to see how 
well the administrative fusion has ad¬ 
dressed the historical separation and 
marginalization of the College. Were 
we in an easier time budgetarily, we 
would be seeing the positive results of 
that coordination very quickly. 


A lumni have always been construc¬ 
tively engaged in the life of the 
campus, and we are making a special 
effort to reach out to them at events 
such as the recent Dean's Day in Miami, 
which was responded to with great 
vividness, attentiveness, and enthusi¬ 
asm by our alumni in South Florida. 

In response to the Report on the Fu¬ 
ture of the College, I have asked a 
group of alumni leaders—George 
Ames '37, James Phelan '55, Martin 
Kaplan '61 and Phillip Satow '63—to 
form a Dean's advisory committee to 
meet with me fairly regularly. They are 
matched by a second advisory group 
of former deans and administrators, in¬ 
cluding Carl Hovde '50, Robert Pollack 
'61, Michael Rosenthal, Martin Meisel, 
Donald Hood, and Gillian Lindt, all of 
whom are committed both to the Uni¬ 
versity and to the College. 

The faculty is as always concerned 
and committed, as well. As Vice Presi¬ 


dent, I am able to speak to them in 
ways that I might not simply as Dean. 
The chief new activity in this regard is 
the Committee on Undergraduate Edu¬ 
cation (CUE), an Arts and Sciences- 
wide committee, co-chaired by Caro¬ 
line Bynum and myself, which is going 
to devote itself this spring, among 
other things, to considering problems 
of writing. Our problem is that stu¬ 
dents do not seem to retain what they 
learn in the first-year writing courses, 
so that by the time they get to their se¬ 
nior year and are writing seminar pa¬ 
pers, they are writing almost as poorly 
as they did when they entered College, 
which is not exactly what any of us 
have had in mind as a pedagogical 
goal. This deficiency is not something 
unique to Columbia; it is a quite com¬ 
mon condition. We may want to find 
some means of distributing an empha¬ 
sis in writing instruction more widely 
across the curriculum than we current¬ 
ly do. 

A nother CUE subcommittee has 
been occupied very intensely in 
the fall semester with our system of un¬ 
dergraduate majors. We all sense that 
there is an imbalance in the College, 
that we make an immense and success¬ 
ful investment in the first two years, in 
the Core, and that the Core probably 
represents the best first two years of 
any undergraduate education in the 
country. Nevertheless, our second two 
years are not nearly as coherent and 
structured as the first two. We do have 
some absolutely first-class majors, for 
example, in certain science depart¬ 
ments, or in East Asian languages and 
cultures. But taken as a whole, we have 
not given enough attention to our sec¬ 
ond two years, so we're starting to 
study and reform some of our depart¬ 
mental major sequences to achieve 
greater coherence and depth. Many of 
our departments have begun to think 
about instituting a senior thesis or pro¬ 
ject—not yet as a requirement, but as 
an option for majors in their last year to 
produce a substantial piece of scholarly 
research or writing or laboratory re¬ 
search experiment. This project should 
properly be the culmination of a coher¬ 
ent and sequenced major, and of a stu¬ 
dent's intellectual experience as an un¬ 
dergraduate. 

A third group within the Committee 
on Undergraduate Education is study¬ 
ing the redeployment of academic re¬ 


sources. Since we do not have, at the 
moment, the prospect of an enlarged 
faculty, how are we going simultane¬ 
ously to protect the Core while invest¬ 
ing additional faculty resources in the 
major system? The solution will very 
likely involve a gradual and slight 
shifting from graduate education to¬ 
ward undergraduate education, as well 
as a reconfiguration of certain depart¬ 
mental offerings. It may be that in 
order to strengthen the major system in 
certain departments, a slightly smaller 
number of courses may have to be of¬ 
fered, so we would be a bit less of the 
proverbial supermarket and more of a 
structured whole. 

Other studies concerning the College 
are being undertaken in collaboration 
with the Office of the Provost, and the 
faculty and administration of the Arts 
and Sciences, in particular, our Student 
Services Task Force that I've already 
mentioned and a feasibility study 
about the future of the College. One 
key element of this feasibility study 
touches upon the long-term prospect of 
increasing the enrollment of the Col¬ 
lege. The expansion that we're think¬ 
ing of stretches well into the 21st centu¬ 
ry. It's not something that's going to be 
done overnight. If wSYe saying Colum¬ 
bia College is to be in fact henceforth at 
the center of the University, then one of 
the ways of accomplishing that reloca¬ 
tion, in fact, is to make it a central pres¬ 
ence quantitatively, while maintaining 
its superiority qualitatively. This is 
what our sister universities in their 
wisdom did. Compared to such peers 
and competitors as Harvard, Yale, 
Stanford, and Princeton, Columbia has 
by far the smallest undergraduate col¬ 
lege of the group. Now, there is, of 
course, an enormous, long-term benefit 
entailed in enlarging the College, be¬ 
cause you are broadening the base of 
undergraduate alumni giving, which is 
where the largest section of giving in 
any university comes from. 

Nevertheless, it is extremely impor¬ 
tant to recognize that the size of the 
College is not an independent variable, 
but depends in turn on a number of 
other circumstances directly concerned 
with the quality of education and of 
student life at the College. One critical 
element, for example, has to do with 
the deepening, broadening and im¬ 
proving of the College's applicant 
pool. Another critical area is student 
amenities, such as housing and athlet- 
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Bookshelf 


Randolph Bourne ['12]: The Radical 
Will edited and with an introduction 
by Olaf Hansen; preface by Christopher 
Lasch. Selected writings of the left-wing 
cultural critic, who advocated revolu¬ 
tion in the arts as much as in politics 
(University of California Press, $17 
paper). 

The Great Ideas by Mortimer J. Adler 
'23. This descriptive synthesis of 102 
ideas, originally published as the Syn- 
topicon portion of the Encyclopaedia 
Britannica's Great Books of the Western 
World, spans two and a half millennia 
of Western thought (Macmillan, $35). 

Final Report of the Independent 
Counsel for Iran-Contra Matters. The 

2,507 pages of findings by the staff of 
Lawrence Walsh '32 constitute the last 
official word on how money from arms 
sales to Iran was illegally diverted to 
Nicaraguan rebels in the 1980's (U.S. 
Government Printing Office, three 
vols., $60). 

The Hope by Herman Wouk '34. An 
epic novel of Israel, bracketed by the 
1948 and 1967 wars, with appearances 
by the fledgling nation's real-life cast of 
major political figures (Little, Brown, 
$24.95). 

Our Economy: Why It's Not Working 

and How To Fix It by John Field '37 
with Ralph Pressel. Forecasting depres¬ 
sion and stagflation in the near future, 
the authors postulate a system of 
"econodynamics," a scientific alterna¬ 
tive to conventional economics, based 
on the principles of Newtonian physics 
(University Press of America, $34.50 
paper). 

Silent Lamp: The Thomas Merton 
['38] Story by William H. Shannon. Key 
moments in the life of the legendary 
Trappist monk are highlighted in this 
"reflective biography," the better to 
trace the course of his spiritual devel¬ 
opment (Crossroad, $22.95). 

The Healing Imagination by Ann and 

Barry Ulanov '38, McIntosh Professor 
Emeritus of English, Barnard College. 
Proceeding from the assertion that 
there is no spiritual life without imagi¬ 
nation, the authors suggest that this 



Joyce Kilmer '08, the famous poet and 
war hero, is recalled in Memories of My 
Father, Joyce Kilmer, written by his son 
Kenton and available in an autographed 
limited edition for $20 from the Joyce 
Kilmer Centennial Commission of New 
Brunswick, N.J. Included are letters, verse, 
and many scraps of fond remembrance: 

"His dream of living in the lap of luxury," 
writes the younger Kilmer, "was 'steak for 
breakfast.'" A disclaimer notes that the 
book is printed on recycled paper because — 
quoting Mr. Kilmer's most famous poem — 
"... only God can make a tree." 


vital human element constitutes the 
bridge between the psyche and the 
soul (Paulist Press, $9.95 paper). 

Frontiers II: More Recent Discoveries 
About Life, Earth, Space, and the Uni¬ 
verse by Isaac Asimov '39 and Janet Asi¬ 
mov. Molecules named for Buckminster 
Fuller and the quest for Element 114 
are among the small delights in the 
master's last full-length science book— 
a posthumously published collection 
of his weekly Los Angeles Times Syn¬ 
dicate columns (Truman Talley Books/ 
Dutton, $23). 

The Positronic Man by Isaac Asimov 
'39 and Robert Silverberg '56. A novel- 
ization of a classic Asimov short story, 
wherein a robot's attempts to become 
more human actually constitute a spe¬ 
cial brand of death wish (Foundation/ 
Doubleday, $22.50). 

Seeds in the Heart: Japanese Litera¬ 
ture From Earliest Times to the Late 


Sixteenth Century by Donald Keene '42, 
University Professor Emeritus. Profes¬ 
sor Keene, the preeminent translator 
and presenter of Japanese literature to 
the West, here completes his monu¬ 
mental four-volume survey (Henry 
Holt, $50). 

Three Plays by Kobo Abe translated 
and with an introduction by Donald 
Keene '42. The modernist author es¬ 
chewed definitive versions of his plays, 
revising them as needed, but these ab¬ 
surdist dramas, reminiscent of Beckett 
and Ionesco, are translated from the 
latest texts available (Columbia Uni¬ 
versity Press, $29.95). 

I Keep Recalling: The Holocaust 
Poems of Jacob Glatstein translated 
from the Yiddish by Barnett Zumoff '45. 
Though the poet describes his output 
as "the records of murdered days and 
nights," he attempts to temper the fact 
of genocide with the hope of renais¬ 
sance (Ktav, $29.50). 

Snapshot Poetics by Allen Ginsberg '48. 
More than an illustrated memoir of the 
beat era, this portfolio demonstrates a 
close relationship between portrait 
photography and the still-life quality 
of the work of William Carlos Williams 
and other modernist poets (Chronicle, 
$12.95 paper). 

Love and Sex After 60 by Robert N. 
Butler '49 and Myrna I. Lewis. Since this 
book was first published to some con¬ 
troversy in 1976, the sexuality of the el¬ 
derly has become a generally accepted 
fact of life; this completely revised edi¬ 
tion reflects the most recent findings on 
the subject (Ballantine, $11.50 paper). 

Grand Opera: Mirror of the Western 
Mind by Eric A. Plaut '49. A psychia¬ 
trist dissects the state of grand opera 
between the French Revolution and 
World War I, finding that the art form 
was redolent of the individualism that 
marked the epoch, thus making it the 
best medium "for expressing human 
willfulness" (Ivan R. Dee, $28.50). 

American Poetry: The Nineteenth 
Century edited by John Hollander '50. 
More than 1,000 old standards ("The 
Bells") and the unexpected ("To The 
Sun-Dial," by John Quincy Adams) are 
served up for those who wish to read 
poetry rather than study it; alumni 
contributions come from Clement 
Clarke Moore (Class of 1798), Charles 
Fenno Hoffman (1825), Cornelius 










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Mathews (1834), John Dyneley Prince 
(1888) and Alfred L. Kroeber (1896) (Li¬ 
brary of America, two vols., $35 each). 

The Day Huey Long Was Shot by 

David Zinman '51. An updated inquiry 
into the Kingfish's assassination, with a 
careful assessment of the recent ex¬ 
humation of the body of Carl Weiss, 
the alleged killer (University Press of 
Mississippi, $35 cloth, $14.95 paper). 

The Great Molinas by Neil D. Isaacs. 

The dark life of fallen basketball star 
Jack Molinas '53, replete with gam¬ 
bling, point-shaving, and mob ties, is 
related in the form of a novel (WID 
Publishing Group, $19.95). 

Jackie Robinson by Manfred Weidhorn 
'54. For young readers: the story of the 
legendary second baseman whose 
crashing of the major league color bar¬ 
rier led to a distinguished career devot¬ 
ed to the cause of civil rights (Athene- 
um, $14.95). 

From the Old Country: An Oral Histo¬ 
ry of European Migration to America 

by Bruce M. Stave '59 and John F. 
Sutherland, with Aldo Salerno. In-depth 
interviews with immigrants, many 
drawn from WPA materials of the 
1930's, disclose oft-neglected facets of 
their experience—the prejudice that 
various ethnic groups felt toward each 
other, for example (Twayne Oral His¬ 
tory Series, $24.95). 

Sexual Symmetry: Love in the An¬ 
cient Novel and Related Genres by 

David Konstan '61. What distinguishes 
the amatory literature of ancient 
Greece from later romantic fiction, the 
author finds, is the remarkable degree 
of similarity in the actions, emotions, 
and backgrounds of the hero and hero¬ 
ine, who do not assume traditional 
gender roles (Princeton University 
Press, $35). 

Signs of Life: The Language and 
Meanings of DNA by Robert Pollack 
'61, Professor of Biological Sciences. By 
viewing the genetic information of de¬ 
oxyribonucleic acid as a text, with 
many different possibilities of mean¬ 
ing, the former College Dean celebrates 
the resultant diversity of our species 
while warning against such applica¬ 
tions as eugenics (Houghton Mifflin, 
$19.95). 

One World or None: A History of the 
World Nuclear Disarmament Move¬ 


ment Through 1953 by Lawrence S. 
Wittner '62. The first of a projected se¬ 
ries of three volumes traces the nascent 
struggle against the spread of the 
Bomb, along with the opposition of 
governments, both democratic and 
communist, to such sentiments (Stan¬ 
ford University Press, $29.95). 

Splintered Worlds: Fragmentation 
and the Ideal of Diversity in the Work 
of Emerson, Melville, Whitman, and 
Dickinson by Robert M. Greenberg '64. 
Examines how the rapid growth of this 
country in the first half of the 19th cen¬ 
tury fostered a robust collision of val¬ 
ues, which found expression in the 
emergence of distinctive American lit¬ 
erary styles (Northeastern University 
Press, $40). 

The Art of Hunger by Paul Auster '69. 
Literary essays, prefaces, and inter¬ 
views, capped by "The Red Note¬ 
book," a series of uncanny yet true-to- 
life coincidences that have befallen the 
author and some of his acquaintances 
(Penguin USA, $12 paper). 

Gender and Power in the Plays of 
Harold Pinter by Victor L. Cahn '69. In 
Pinter's dramaturgical explorations of 
the war between the sexes, the men 
may have the upper hand physically 
but the women possess equally potent 
emotional insight (St. Martin's Press, 
$35). 

Madam 90210: My Life as Madam to 
the Rich and Famous by Alex Adams 
and William Stadiem '69. The autobiog¬ 
raphy of the woman whose reign as the 
leading flesh supplier to the stars last¬ 
ed for two sex-drenched but discreet 
decades—until Heidi Fleiss, a former 
protegee, stole the show (Villard, $22). 

The Apparition in the Glass: Charles 
Brockden Brown's American Gothic 

by Bill Christophersen '71. The work of 
Charles Brockden Brown (1771-1810), 
the first American to be recognized in¬ 
ternationally as a serious novelist, is 
seen here to reflect both the pride of a 
newly independent country and its 
volatile post-revolutionary tensions 
(University of Georgia Press, $35). 

Handbook of Head and Spine Trau¬ 
ma edited by Jonathan Greenberg '71. A 
systems approach designed to assist 
physicians in the diagnosis and treat¬ 
ment of neurotraumas, with some 1900 
bibliographical citations (Marcel 
Dekker, $195). 


The Columbia History of British 
Poetry—editor Carl Woodring, George 
Edward Woodberry Professor Emeri¬ 
tus of Literature; associate editor James 
Shapiro '77, Associate Professor of Eng¬ 
lish and Comparative Literature. By 
also surveying the poetic landscapes of 
Scotland, Wales, and Ireland, the edi¬ 
tors strive to modify the "disturbingly 
monolithic conception of the canon of 
English poets" (Columbia University 
Press, $59.95). 

Then to the Rock Let Me Fly: Luther 
Bohanon and Judicial Activism by Jace 
Weaver '79. The legal career of Bo¬ 
hanon, U.S. District Court Judge of Ok¬ 
lahoma, has for more than 30 years 
been marked by courageous sympathy 
for the rights of the oppressed, unde¬ 
terred by local forces of reaction (Uni¬ 
versity of Oklahoma Press, $27.95). 

The Writer's Guide to Creating a Sci¬ 
ence Fiction Universe by George Ochoa 
'81 and Jeffrey Ossier. A handbook for 
those would-be Hugo Gernsbacks who 
want to make their writing both imagi¬ 
native and plausible (Writer's Digest 
Books, $18.95). 

The Life and Cuisine of Elvis Presley 

by David Adler '84. Authoritative re¬ 
search shows that the King once lived 
for seven weeks on peanut butter and 
banana sandwiches, but he was also 
partial to crowder peas, Coletta's Bar¬ 
becue Pizza, and "ugly" [i.e. blackened, 
chicken-fried] steak (Crown, $15 paper). 

Art Restoration: The Culture, the 
Business and the Scandal by James 
Beck, Professor of Art History and Ar¬ 
chaeology, with Michael Daley. To the 
author's critical eye, the contemporary 
cleaning of Michelangelo's Sistine 
Chapel and other masterpieces has ac¬ 
tually damaged the original works, 
having been gratuitously undertaken 
for reasons cosmetic and commercial 
(John Murray, Great Britain, £17.99). 

The Duke Ellington Reader edited by 
Mark Tucker, Associate Professor of 
Music. A valuable source book of re¬ 
porting and criticism, including some 
writings by the Duke himself, that 
amply demonstrates the extent of his 
influence on American music (Oxford 
University Press, $30). 

T.V. 

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Obituaries 


1921 

Jerome A. Marks, retired gas¬ 
troenterologist, New York, N.Y., 
on December 5,1993. A 1925 
graduate of Columbia P&S, Dr. 
Marks had a private practice and 
taught at NYU Medical Center. 
He was associated with Bellevue 
Hospital, Beekman Downtown 
Hospital, and Gouverneur Hospi¬ 
tal, where he was director of med¬ 
icine. 


1924 

Sylvan E. Moolten, retired physi¬ 
cian, Highland Park, N.J., on No¬ 
vember 14,1993. Dr. Moolten 
graduated from Columbia P&S in 
1928 and worked at various New 
Jersey hospitals, including St. Pe¬ 
ter's and Middlesex General, both 
in New Brunswick. For many 
years he was associated with Roo¬ 
sevelt Hospital in Metuchen, from 
which he retired in 1990 as direc¬ 
tor of pathology. 


1925 

William J. Block, retired lawyer. 
West Tisbury, Mass., on Novem¬ 
ber 17,1993. Mr. Block, who 
maintained a private practice in 
Manhattan and specialized in 
product liability for many years, 
graduated from the Law School in 
1927. 

David C. Horton, retired teacher, 
Needham, Mass., on September 8, 
1993. For 38 years, Mr. Horton 
was head of the math and Latin 
departments of Noble and Gree- 
nough School in Dedham, Mass., 
where he was senior master. He 
also served as baseball coach, 
winning several division champ¬ 
ionships. 


1926 

John Somerville, retired philoso¬ 
phy professor and peace activist, 
El Cajon, Calif., on January 8, 

1994. Professor Somerville, who 
received his Ph.D. from Columbia 
in 1938, taught philosophy at the 
City University of New York for 
three decades, then moved to Cal¬ 
ifornia and taught at the Point 
Loma campus of California West¬ 
ern University. He founded the 
group International Philosophers 
for Prevention of Nuclear Omni¬ 
cide, which the United Nations 
honored as a Peace Messenger 
during its International Year of 


Peace in 1987. Dr. Somerville 
himself received the Bertrand 
Russell Peace Award and the 
Gandhi Peace Prize. The author of 
several books, he also wrote two 
plays. The Crisis and The Last In¬ 
quest. 


1927 

Walter Rautenstrauch, Jr., retired 
surgeon, St. Petersburg, Fla., on 
October 30,1993. The son of the 
founder of Columbia's industrial 
engineering department. Dr. 
Rautenstrauch was prominent in 
St. Petersburg medical circles for 
more than 40 years, serving as 
chief of staff and chief of surgery 
at St. Anthony's Hospital. Earlier 
in his career, he was ship's sur¬ 
geon aboard the S.S. E xcalibur for 
the America Export Lines, mak¬ 
ing round-trip voyages from New 
York to the eastern Mediter¬ 
ranean. During World War II, Dr. 
Rautenstrauch was with the 12th 
Evacuation Hospital under Pat¬ 
ton's Third Army in Europe. 


1928 

Frederick L. Zimmerman, retired 
professor and politician, Troy, 
N.Y., on December 14,1993. For 
six terms beginning in 1930, Mr. 
Zimmerman represented the 6th 
district of Queens County in the 
New York State Assembly. An 
authority on interstate compacts, 
he wrote legislation that led to the 
creation of the New York State 
Joint Legislative Committee of In¬ 
terstate Cooperation. In 1935, he 
joined the Hunter College faculty, 
ultimately serving as chairman of 
the political science department 
until his retirement in 1971. 


1929 

Edward Ross Aranow, lawyer, 
Scarsdale, N.Y., on November 7, 
1993. A 1932 graduate of the Law 
School, Mr. Aranow was an ex¬ 
pert on corporate takeovers and 
the author of two textbooks. 

Proxy Contests for Corporate Con¬ 
trol (1957) and Developments in 
Tender Offers for Corporate Control 
(1978). President of the Law 
School Alumni Association, he re¬ 
ceived the school's Medal for Ex¬ 
cellence and the University Medal 
for Distinguished Service. Mr. 
Aranow was a member of the 
College's John Jay Associates. 

Alexander Silberstein, retired 
physician, La Jolla, Calif., on Oc¬ 
tober 2,1993. Dr. Silberstein, a 
1932 graduate of Columbia P&S, 
practiced internal medicine for 30 
years in White Plains, N.Y. In re¬ 
tirement in California, he was on 
the medical staff of Sharp Senior 
Health Care at Sharp Memorial 
Hospital for 15 years. During 


World War II, he served at the 
general hospital at Fort Meade, 
Md., attaining the rank of major. 


1931 

Paul C. Clifford, retired mathe¬ 
matician and statistician, Mont¬ 
clair, N.J., on October 6,1993. Mr. 
Clifford was professor of mathe¬ 
matics at Montclair State College 
from 1935 to 1976, serving as de¬ 
partmental chairman from 1963 to 
1972. He was widely known for 
his application of statistics to 
manufacturing: as a consultant to 
the Wright Aeronautical Compa¬ 
ny during World War II, he de¬ 
vised methods for reducing the 
number of flaws in airplane parts 
and for facilitating production. 
After the war, the United Nations 
and other organizations em¬ 
ployed him to teach statistical 
controls to industrialists in India, 
Peru, Mexico, and several Euro¬ 
pean countries. Mr. Clifford was 
also a consultant to several auto¬ 
mobile manufacturers and taught 
college-level math on the NBC 
Sunday morning television series 
Continental Classroom. He re¬ 
ceived the Shewhart Medal, the 
highest award of the American 
Society for Quality Control, in 
1965. 


1932 

Jack Avins, electrical engineer, 
Princeton, N.J., on June 5,1993. 

An employee of RCA from 1946 
to 1976, Mr. Avins was instru¬ 
mental in developing standards 
for color television and held more 
than 50 patents in the field; he de¬ 
signed the first monolithic inte¬ 
grated circuit to be used commer¬ 
cially in television receivers. Long 
a fellow and group chairman of 
the Institute of Electrical and 
Electronics Engineers, he received 
many honors for his work, in¬ 
cluding the David Sarnoff Out¬ 
standing Achievement Award. 

He was a major in the Army Sig¬ 
nal Corps during World War II. 

Arthur Lautkin, physician. New 
York, N.Y., on December 27,1993. 
Dr. Lautkin practiced radiology 
in Manhattan for nearly 50 years. 
He worked and taught at New 
York Medical College, Mount 
Sinai, and the Jewish Home and 
Hospital; he also maintained a 
private practice. Extensively in¬ 
volved in alumni affairs, he was 
vice president of his class, class 
fund chairman, a founder of the 
Parents' Council, a life member of 
the John Jay Associates, and class 
correspondent for this magazine. 
During the war, he was a com¬ 
mander in the Naval Medical 
Corps. 


1934 

George Charen, retired educator, 
Livingston, N.J., on October 25, 
1993. Mr. Charen taught science 
in the Newark public schools and 
at Aviation High School in New 
York City; he later taught at Jer¬ 
sey City State College and Bergen 
Community College, from which 
he retired as dean of instruction. 
From 1941 to 1956 he worked for 
the Apex Chemical Co. of Eliza¬ 
beth, S. B. Penick of Lyndhurst, 
and as a self-employed manufac¬ 
turer. 

Valentine J. Sacco, attorney, 

West Hartford, Conn., on October 
4,1993. Upon graduating from 
the Law School in 1936, Mr. Sacco 
became an assistant U.S. attorney 
for Connecticut. After wartime 
service as an Army captain, he 
was a member of the Hartford 
firm of Butler, Volpe & Sacco 
until his retirement in 1982. He 
was president of the Alumni As¬ 
sociation's Greater Hartford 
chapter from 1956 to 1964. 


1936 

Albert F. Bower, retired lawyer, 
Wilmington, Del., on November 
22,1993. A patent specialist who 
received two degrees from Brook¬ 
lyn Law School, Mr. Bower 
worked for several New York 
City firms before becoming a 
partner in Connolly, Bove, Lodge 
& Hutz of Wilmington for 36 
years. His professional associa¬ 
tions included the American In¬ 
tellectual Property Law Associa¬ 
tion, of which he was a 50-year 
veteran, and the Philadelphia 
Patent Law Association, of which 
he was a governor. Mr. Bower, a 
Navy veteran of World War II, 
was a former vice president of his 
class. 


1937 

James Munroe Dunaway, retired 
businessman. Little Rock, Ark., 
on December 8,1993. Mr. Dun¬ 
away, a member of a pioneering 
Arkansas family, retired as presi¬ 
dent of Thibault Milling Co. in 
1982, having joined the company 
in 1947 as a sales manager. Previ¬ 
ously, he had worked in New 
York, Boston and Washington for 
the Consumer Distribution Corp., 
promoting the establishment of 
small businesses with the expec¬ 
tation of employee ownership 
and management. He served on 
the board of directors of the Little 
Rock Downtown YMCA. 

Bertram Selverstone, neurosur¬ 
geon, Boston, Mass., on March 20, 
1993. Dr. Selverstone, a graduate 
of Harvard Medical School, was 
known for radiotherapy work to 
















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localize brain tumors, and for 
surgery to control cerebral 
aneurysms. He invented a device 
known as the Selverstone Carotid 
Clamp to control the flow of 
blood through the carotid artery. 
Serving first at Massachusetts 
General Hospital, Dr. Selverstone 
was later neurosurgeon-in-chief 
at New England Medical Center 
Hospitals; he also taught at Tufts 
and Brown universities. A past 
president of the New England 
Neurosurgical Society and the 
Neurosurgical Society of Ameri¬ 
ca, Dr. Selverstone was a captain 
in the Army Medical Corps dur¬ 
ing World War II. 

Charles O'Conor Sloane, Jr., re¬ 
tired advertising executive, 
Venice, Fla., on August 18,1993. 
Mr. Sloane ended a long career in 
advertising as senior vice presi¬ 
dent for Knudsen-Moore Adver¬ 
tising Agency in Connecticut. 
Previously he had been director 
of marketing at Ted Sommers, 
Inc. and director of marketing for 
the international division of Vick 
Chemical Co. A Navy lieutenant 
in World War II, he was decorat¬ 
ed for his courageous attempt to 
rescue a downed pilot in 1945. 
Mr. Sloane was vice president of 
the Class of 1937 and chaired its 
25th reunion. 


1939 

Arnold W. Forrest, ophthalmolo¬ 
gist, Wilton, Conn., on June 13, 
1993. Dr. Forrest had a private 
ophthalmological practice for 40 
years, first in White Plains, N.Y., 
and then in Wilton. He taught 
ophthalmology at Columbia P&S 
for more than three decades and 
was affiliated with a number of 
area hospitals, serving as chief of 
ophthalmology at Grasslands 
Hospital and St. Agnes Hospital. 
Dr. Forrest was a Navy veteran of 
World War II and participated in 
five invasions. 

Simon J. Hauser, lawyer. New 
York, N.Y., on January 14,1994. 
Mr. Hauser, a 1942 graduate of 
the Law School, practiced in New 
York for 50 years. He was an ac¬ 
tive member of the New York 
City Bar Association. 

Howard I. Miller, retired invest¬ 
ment executive, Scarsdale, N.Y., 
on September 26,1993. Mr. Miller 
worked for CBS, Melco Merchan¬ 
dising, and Larido Corp. before 
becoming general manager of 
Henry Reichman Co. and then 
president of Miller, Waltzer & 
Kaye, all of New York City. His 
entrepreneurial bent later found 
expression in the areas of medical 
supplies, real estate, and a process 
for the elimination of toxic wastes. 


He was a much-decorated captain 
in the Army Air Corps in World 
War II, a winner of the Distin¬ 
guished Flying Cross. 


1941 

Samuel M. Burstein, retired 
rabbi, Kew Gardens, N.Y., on 
April 8,1993. Ordained by the 
Jewish Theological Seminary, 
Rabbi Burstein was an Army 
chaplain during the war, serving 
as a supervisor of displaced per¬ 
sons camps in Europe. After fly¬ 
ing as a pilot in the Israeli War of 
Independence, he served congre¬ 
gations in Nebraska, Pennsylva¬ 
nia, Ottawa, and Port Washing¬ 
ton, N.Y. He was author of the 
book Rabbi With Wings (1965). 


1942 

George Boehm, journalist. New 
York, N.Y., on October 7,1993. 

Mr. Boehm was a science writer 
and editor who, over the course 
of a long career, worked at 
Newsweek, Scientific American, and 
Fortune magazines. He eventually 
turned freelance, contributing to 
Reader's Digest, the New York 
Times, and other publications. Mr. 
Boehm was an expert bridge 
player; he won a major 1955 New 
York tournament and for several 
years edited Post Mortem, a maga¬ 
zine for tournament players. He 
was also a director and past vice 
president of the Greater New 
York Bridge Association. 


1943 

John Mladinov, retired civil engi¬ 
neer, Delmar, N.Y., on December 
23,1993. Mr. Mladinov worked 
first as a design engineer at Boe¬ 
ing, where he helped modify the 
B-29 for the atomic bombs that 
were dropped on Nagasaki and 
Hiroshima, and completed his 
wartime service in the Army Air 
Corps. He was then an assistant 
planning engineer with the Wash¬ 
ington State Department of High¬ 
ways, which sponsored his work 
in the Yale University graduate 
program in traffic and transporta¬ 
tion. From 1961 to 1966 he direct¬ 
ed the Puget Sound Regional 
Transportation Study, developing 
long-range plans for a four-coun¬ 
ty area. For many years he was a 
high-level planning official with 
the New York State Department 
of Transportation, administering 
and implementing the state's 
multi-billion dollar highway, air¬ 
port, and mass transportation 
program; he served as executive 
deputy commissioner under four 
governors, from Rockefeller to 
Cuomo. Mr. Mladinov had been 
recently honored with the Charles 
Evans Hughes Award, given an¬ 


nually for outstanding accom¬ 
plishment in public service to 
New York State. 


1951 

Walter S. Fisher, airline execu¬ 
tive, New York, N.Y., on April 25, 
1993. Mr. Fisher worked for Pan 
American Airways after serving 
in the Air Force for four years fol¬ 
lowing his graduation. A member 
of St. Bartholomew's Church 
since 1965, he chaired the enter¬ 
tainment committee of St. 
Bartholomew's Community Club. 


1952 

Robert E. Paul, retired teacher, 
Garden City, N.Y., on December 
10,1993. A1953 graduate of 
Teachers College, Mr. Paul taught 
mathematics on the junior high 
school level in Roslyn, N.Y. for 32 
years and coached girls' softball 
and badminton. He was a veteran 
of the U.S. Army counterintelli¬ 
gence service. 


1954 

David Shainberg, psychoanalyst 
and artist. New York, N.Y., on 
December 5,1993. Dr. Shainberg 
received his M.D. from Columbia 
P&S in 1958, trained at the Ameri¬ 
can Institute for Psychoanalysis, 
and maintained a private practice 
starting in 1967. He withdrew 
from full-time practice in 1981 to 
devote more time to painting 
works of abstract expressionism, 
which were exhibited in galleries 
in Manhattan and Cape Cod. The 
author of many papers and a 
book. The Transforming Self (1973), 
he was also a lieutenant comman¬ 
der in the Navy Medical Corps. 


1960 

Johan Jorgen Holst, statesman, 
Oslo, Norway, on January 13, 

1994. An authority on the USSR 
and international security mat¬ 
ters, Mr. Holst was Norway's 
Minister of Defense from 1986 to 
1989 and 1990 to 1993, years spent 
largely dealing with issues arising 
from the opening and subsequent 
disintegration of the Soviet Union 
and the changing role of NATO. 

In 1993, he became Foreign Minis¬ 
ter, and during his 10 months in 
the post he guided the secret ne¬ 
gotiations that led to the historic 
peace agreement between Israel 
and the Palestine Liberation Or¬ 
ganization. Before entering gov¬ 
ernment service, Mr. Holst taught 
at universities in Norway and 
North America; he also headed 
Norway's Institute for Interna¬ 
tional Affairs. He is a posthu¬ 
mous recipient of the College's 
1994 John Jay Award for Distin¬ 


guished Professional Achieve¬ 
ment. 


1964 

William P. Roy, lawyer, Irving¬ 
ton, N.Y., on October 14,1993. 

Mr. Roy, a graduate of NYU Law 
School, had a private law practice 
in Irvington. Active in local af¬ 
fairs, he served as village justice 
for 15 years, village trustee for 
five years, and was a member of 
the Irvington Volunteer Ambu¬ 
lance Corps. Mr. Roy was presi¬ 
dent of the Westchester Magis¬ 
trates Association in 1987. 


1970 

Walter Lewis Ramsey, tax advi¬ 
sor, New York, N.Y., on June 8, 
1992. Mr. Ramsey received his 
law degree from the University of 
Pennsylvania in 1974. 


1972 

Lawrence J. Wayne, New York, 
N.Y., on June 20,1993. Mr. Wayne 
was an account supervisor at 
Grey Advertising. 


1981 

Alden N. Woodbury, Washing¬ 
ton, D.C., on May 1,1993. Mr. 
Woodbury performed editorial 
work and computer program¬ 
ming in the Washington, D.C. 
area. 


1985 

Marc C. Perkins, Coast Guard of¬ 
ficer, Englewood, N.J., on Sep¬ 
tember 4,1993. Lt. Perkins, a 
Coast Guard helicopter pilot since 
1989, died when his aircraft 
crashed in the ocean off Sandy 
Hook, N.J. He had been trans¬ 
porting two members of the Na¬ 
tional Oceanographic and Atmos¬ 
pheric Administration to the Am¬ 
brose Light Tower, which guides 
ships in and out of New York 
Harbor. 


1986 

Joseph E. Glass Jr., public rela¬ 
tions executive. New York, N.Y., 
on July 21,1993. After earning a 
doctorate in international eco¬ 
nomic relations from the Univer¬ 
sity of Paris, Mr. Glass taught in¬ 
ternational politics and political 
economy of the developing world 
at the American University of 
Paris. Previously, he was a re¬ 
search analyst for the Paris stock 
brokerage firm of Ferri, Ferri, 
Germi. He was most recently a 
public relations account executive 
with Ruder Finn in New York. 

Mr. Glass died of complications 
from AIDS. 


Obituaries Editor: 

Thomas J. Vinciguerra '85 



















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Class 

Notes 


Columbia College 
Today 

475 Riverside Drive 
Suite 917 

New York, N.Y. 10115 
Recently recovered from a dusty 
office file is this poetic homage, 
penned by John L. Class '14, and 
delivered at the annual meeting 
of the College Day Association of 
Ocean Grove, N .]., on July 29, 
1916. When the roll of colleges 
was called, 68 institutions re¬ 
sponded, Mr. Class worthily 
speaking for Columbia thus: 

"Columbia, Columbia! all hail 
Columbia! What son is worthy to 
proclaim thy fame. Columbia the 
gem, not of the ocean, but Colum¬ 
bia the gem of the colleges. 

"Situated on the Acropolis of 
the great Metropolis, she stands 
on the banks of the lordly Hud¬ 
son, with queenly Barnard in her 
embrace, a spectacle noble, inspir¬ 
ing and full of promise for the fu¬ 
ture in the scholasticism of her 
sons and daughters. 

"Behold the ornate dome of her 
library, kissing the sky, catching 
the first rays of the morning sun 
and reflecting the light of heaven, 
like a pearl rich with iridescent 
hues, fit symbol of the realization 
of the highest ideal of education 
which is to receive and reflect the 
wisdom which cometh down 
from above. 

"With fine sense of fitness, Co¬ 
lumbia has chiselled this lofty 
sentiment on the facade of her li¬ 
brary: 

"Kings College —Founded in 
the Province of New York by 
Royal Charter in the Reign of 
George II Perpetuated as Colum¬ 
bia College by the People of the 
State of New York When They Be¬ 
came Free and Independent 
Maintained and Cherished from 
Generation to Generation for the 
Advancement of the Public Good 
and the Glory of Almighty God— 
MDCCCXCVI 

"Columbia the pearl, Barnard 
the girl. All Hail, Columbia!" 



20 


Leon F. Hoffman 

67-25 Clyde Street 
Forest Hills, N.Y. 11375 



Louis Nizer '22, the legendary trial lawyer, was among the guests who attended the College's midwinter commence¬ 
ment ceremonies on February 17. Here, he congratulates his great-niece, Mildred Niss '94. (Out of camera range is 
Ms. Niss's father—and Mr. Nizer's nephew — James Niss '65.) 


21 

22 


Michael G. Mulinos 

42 Marian Terrace 
Easton, Md. 21601 


Columbia College 
Today 

475 Riverside Drive 
Suite 917 

New York, N.Y. 10115 


23 


Henry Miller 

1052 N. Jamestown 
Road, Apt. F 
Decatur, Ga. 30033 


24 


Columbia College 
Today 

475 Riverside Drive 
Suite 917 

New York, N.Y. 10115 


[Editor's note: It is with profound 
sadness that we note the death of 
Joseph W. Spiselman, the long¬ 
time Class of 1924 Correspondent, in 
New Orleans on March 6. Joe was an 
exemplary alumnus, dedicated in his 
service to Columbia and the class. We 
extend our condolences to his wife, 
Florence; his daughters, Toby and Ju¬ 
dith; his son-in-law, Peter; and all his 
family and friends. 

This was the last column Joe sub¬ 
mitted. Until a new correspondent is 
appointed, please submit your class 
news to us at the address above.] 


At the beginning of the 1993-94 
Columbia College Fund drive, the 
Class of 1924 had a residue of al¬ 
most $3,000 in its class fund. After 
some discussion, class president 
Ben Edelman and I as treasurer 
decided, in view of the advanced 
age of both of us as custodians, 
and to avoid future complication 
of disposal, to donate that residue 
in the name of the Class of 1924 to 
the Columbia College Fund. This 
was done as of December 1993. 

A sad note of the past year was 
the death of Ben's wife, Sylvia 
Edelman, on December 29,1993. 
Sylvia was a unique person, full 
of the love of life, with a keen 
sense of humor. She was an adept 
organizer and very much fun to 
be with. We give to Ben and to his 
daughter, Joan, our sincerest con¬ 
dolences on the loss of a compan¬ 
ion of over six decades. 

Received a call from Erwin 
Schwarz while he was in New 
York for the year's end holiday. 
He resides in Arizona and is verv 
proud of his multitude of grand¬ 
children and one great-grand¬ 
child. He is in good health except 
for arthritis, sounds great, and as 
always is a clear and penetrating 
thinker. 

Paul Shaw and I spoke on the 
phone last November. He will be 
90 years old by the time you read 
this. He is in reasonable health 


and very active politically, partic¬ 
ularly in efforts to make social se¬ 
curity a trust. 

Received a note from Leon Shi- 
man. He and his twin brother 
Russell enjoyed their 90th birth¬ 
day together with their five chil¬ 
dren. They didn't try to collect 
Leon's 11 grandchildren and two 
great-grandchildren for the get- 
together. On a wry note, Leon 
wonders why he always looks at 
the obituaries first. 

George Jaffin sent me a letter 
with an enclosure on the Jaffin 
Fund for Law and Social Respon¬ 
sibility at the Columbia Law 
School. The principal of the fund 
is currently over $4 million. 
Scholarship aid has been dis¬ 
bursed at the rate of at least one 
quarter of a million dollars per 
year, and at the last count some 
130 of the graduated recipients of 
the aid are now carrying out so¬ 
cially responsible work all over 
the United States and in other 
parts of the world. 

Sadly I have used up my allot¬ 
ted space for this issue of CCT, 
but in closing I remind you that 
1994 is our 70th reunion year. 

Any tidbits of news concerning 
classmates will be most welcome. 
Have a good year. 


Philippe Chenj 














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31 


25 


John W. Balet 

122 Loring Ave. 
Pelham, N.Y. 10803 


Arthur Jansen sent his yearly let¬ 
ter full of news of himself and his 
family: In April, severe damage to 
his sacroiliac "resulted in a week- 
long hospital stay and a consider¬ 
ably longer period of physical re¬ 
habilitation at Wilton Meadows. 
By July, though, I was back on my 
feet and once again residing with 
(daughter) Jeanne and (her hus¬ 
band) Michael at their Westport 
home." In December, however, a 
slightly twisted ankle left him 
bed-ridden again. "Nurses seem 
to be everywhere and thick on the 
ground, but they are necessary 
helpers at the moment. I should 
be recovered in a few weeks, and 
we'll hope for the best in 1994." 
Both Michael and Jeanne fared 
well in 1993 in golf tournaments, 
and they continue to hone their 


skills. 

Son Reamy, on the faculty at 
Rockland Community College, 
was in Belgium for 10 days this 
past summer on a fellowship to 
study the European Economic 
Community. His wife, Elizabeth, 
is busy working on her third 
book, a study of men and depres¬ 
sion, to be published in 1995 by 
Houghton Mifflin. You may have 
seen some of her articles on this 
or related subjects in magazines 
such as The New York Times Maga¬ 
zine and Mirabella. She is current¬ 
ly on sabbatical from her profes¬ 
sorship in media studies at Ford- 
ham University. 

Reamy and Elizabeth's two 
boys, Paul (11) and Gabriel (8), 
are both doing well playing soc¬ 
cer. Gabriel excels in math and 
art, while Paul has made the 
honor roll and writes for the 
school newspaper. 

Arthur closes with hopes for a 
good 1994 for you and yours. 


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27 


Robert W. Rowen 

1510 W. Ariana, Box 60 
Lakeland, Fla. 33803 


John G. Peatman 

P. O. Box 666 
Norwalk, Conn. 
06852-0666 


We all remember the Rose Bowl 
game of 1934; maybe not the exact 
year but ever the game. (Some 
years later the defeat of Army at 
Baker Field in the final seconds of 
play—I was there—is another the 
game in our history of Columbia 
events.) Well, our classmate Bill 
Githens not only rooted for our 
team to win, he bet on it. Emotion 
was high but not blind. Here is 
his story: 

"I was managing editor of 


Pathe News and concurrently 
president of the Newsreel The¬ 
aters, Inc. I invited Lou Little and 
his entire staff to my projection 
room to view seven Stanford foot¬ 
ball games that Pathe News made 
for local release. They came five 
nights and I made 8 x 10 stills of 
all the Stanford offensive and de¬ 
fensive formations. Lou Little told 
me that because of my help they 
scouted Stanford better than any 
other opponent. Lou told me Co¬ 
lumbia had a 'good chance' to 
win. I made bets with everyone 
on my staff (85) on a 'straight 
win'-no points. I won $1,200! No 
bet larger than $5." 

90th birthday! Your Class Sec¬ 
retary's birthday is the same day 
of the month as James Madison's. 
Great! But who knows even the 
month of his birthday? He is 
rarely noted on a wall calendar. 
Sometimes Andrew Jackson is. 
His birth date was known in an¬ 
cient Rome as the Ides of March. 
And this is the day before ours 
and ours is thus the day before St. 
Patrick's Day. So, March 16,1904. 
We have plenty of descendants to 
draw on for the celebration: a 
daughter and two sons, nine 
grandchildren and 12 great¬ 
grandchildren—the 13 th is due in 
May. 


28 


Hillery C. Thorne, Sr. 

98 Montague Street 
#1032 

Brooklyn, N.Y. 11201 


Hon. Arthur H. Fribourg, retired 
administrative judge, writes from 
Washington, D.C. that in this, his 
84th year, he sends best wishes to 
his classmates and he is now 
reading and enjoying a transla¬ 
tion of Dante's Divine Comedy. 

James W. Loughlin, retired at¬ 
torney from the New York Hous¬ 
ing Authority and Alcoa, died on 
September 3,1993, after a long, 
guarded convalescence at home 
in Southold, N.Y. His widow, 
Mary, and family, to whom the 
class extends its sympathy, write 
that they appreciated tributes and 
praises tendered Jim at our recent 
65th reunion celebration, for his 
alumni activism, his tenure as 
class president and other dedicat¬ 
ed services over many years. 


29 


Joseph W. Bums 

127 Oxford Road 
New Rochelle, N.Y. 
10804 


The Class of 1929 is not the only 
class which has difficulty getting 
classmates to make the effort to 
send a note about their activities 
or family accomplishments for 
others to read. But the notice that 
the class will celebrate its 65th an¬ 
niversary reunion appears to 


have aroused some interest. 

We asked classmates to indi¬ 
cate only if they hope to attend 
the celebration on June 3-5. One 
of those we were sure would 
come was Ed Aranow—vice pres¬ 
ident and co-chair of the reunion! 
But it was not to be. Ed died of 
cancer on November 7. At this 
writing, those survivors who stat¬ 
ed they hope to attend are: Nat 
Ancell (N.Y.), Arthur Arsham 
(Conn.), Milt Axenfield (Mont.), 
Stan Boriss (N.Y.), Joe Burns 
(N.Y.), Ralph Geilich (Fla.), Roy 
Griffith (N.J.), Harry Heller 
(Wash., D.C.), Ken Kimberland 
(N.J.), Eric Lambart (Fla.), Sid 
Lane (N.Y.), Bill Magna (Md.), 
Paul Schweitzer (N.Y ), Lou Slat¬ 
tery (N.Y.), Ed Stasheff (Mich.), 
Gil Storms (N.Y.), Ira Wallach 
(N.Y.), Alex Waugh (N.J.), and 
Julie Wilheim (Ill.). In addition, 
those who replied "maybe" are: 
Mort Furtsch (N.Y ), Bernie 
Lewin (Fla.), John Schramm 
(Conn.), and Bob Speller (N.Y.). 
We have invited six widows of 
loyal classmates to attend as our 
guests. 

Julian Wilheim, one of the 
most loyal and regular partici¬ 
pants in our reunions, telephoned 
to give us some names of lost 
classmates. The Alumni Office 
also needs addresses for the fol¬ 
lowing: James Armstrong, Laap- 
Pan Chan, Art Crap, Charles Di 
Benedette, Tom Donigan, Peter 
Engel, Julian Fried, Ed Hay, Dick 
Heideman, Dick Madden, 

George McKinley, Sam 
Megeath, Jr., Bill Peck, Allen 
Rowe, Martin Sand, Allen 
Stephen, Norman Studer, Ed 
Todd, and Ted Wagner. If any¬ 
one knows the whereabouts of 
any of these lost members, please 
notify Joan Rose at the Alumni 
Office at (212) 870-2743. 

Finally, reunion fund chairman 
Stan Boriss is working to ascer¬ 
tain whether our class is willing 
to present another class memorial 
like the students' lounge and 
study room we recently dedica¬ 
ted for chemistry students. 

Milt Axenfield, who attended 
our 60th reunion with his wife 
Ginny, wrote: "To Joe Burns '29, 
'Royal Scribe' and dedicated '29 
classmate. Greetings from North¬ 
ern Montana—just west of Glaci¬ 
er National Park—wilderness 
paradise. Despite severe lumbar- 
cervical arthritis, am still able to 
swim every day, ballroom dance, 
and play tennis (doubles) once or 
twice a day. Hope you're still 
alive and well on Oxford Road in 
New Rochelle, where I also lived 
at 99 Paine Ave. in the 50's and 
early 60's." 

Joe Burns succeeded in seeing 
his oldest grandson, David Burns, 


admitted to Columbia Law 
School. David graduated from 
Boston College. Joe and Marion 
are spending six months in 
Naples, Fla. (where our late, 
beloved Davvy used to live). 

It is now 1994, the year of our 
65th anniversary (and probably 
our last). Let us hear from you. 


Harrison H. Johnson 

50 Duke Drive 
Paramus, N.J. 07652 
Mark Freeman reported that in 
September he had a private exhi¬ 
bition of New York City drawings 
and prints at the Hirschl & Adler 
Galleries. 

Happy 1994 greetings were re¬ 
ceived from Bill Matthews, Felix 
Vann, Sigmund Timberg, Bill 
Sanford and others. 

Robert H. "Bob" Evans wrote 
that he and Marguerite visited 
Oaxaca, Mexico, where they had 
an enjoyable reunion with Bill 
Hewitt and Louise. All are in 
good health. 

Frederick H. Block wrote wish¬ 
ing all classmates a happy 1994. 
His son, Fred L. Block '68 was 
written up in the last issue of 
CCT. He chairs the sociology de¬ 
partment ot the University of Cal¬ 
ifornia/Davis. Fred Sr. informs us 
that Jack Thomas died on the 
West Coast. 

Next year will offer our 65th re¬ 
union in June, so mark your cal¬ 
endar and see your travel agent! 

If this column is anemic it is be¬ 
cause your correspondent was 
away in Venezuela and Aruba at¬ 
tending Hilda's family reunions, 
then back to Island Pond, Vt. for 
Christmas dinner plus a side trip 
to Quebec City, where 35° below 
zero weather greeted us with the 
current strain of virus that is mak¬ 
ing its rounds, leaving folks mis¬ 
erable for weeks. But cheer up; 
summer still comes in July! 


T. J. Reilly 

12 Sussex Court 
Suffern, N.Y. 10901 

Highlights of '93 Homecoming: 
meeting new President Rupp— 
very democratic and sociable— 
remained after festivities to greet 
and talk to one and all. My wife, 
Doris, had the pleasure and honor 
of a handshake and chat. Present: 
old faithful and regular Judge 
Charles Metzner; Ann and Joe 
Moukad; the Reillys with daugh¬ 
ter Laurie DuFine Cuevas. 

Note from Dr. Edward Martin¬ 
son (also '35 P&S): enjoying life 
with wife at Evergreen Woods, a 
retirement center in North Bran¬ 
ford, Conn. Activities of five 
grandchildren keep them young. 
Hey, I was surprised to learn at 


















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our 25th in Montauk that Art 
Smith was "married for many 
years" to that beautiful dark girl, 
his frequent dance partner. Art 
and Dea now live in Delray 
Beach, Fla. 

Ed—we never heard how you 
made out in regionals after win¬ 
ning the Connecticut Senior Citi¬ 
zens Spelling Bee. How did you 
do against those youngsters? 

Apologies again to Sarah 
Robinson Munson—we inadver¬ 
tently omitted that her father, 
Allyn P. Robinson, also was the 
first president of Dowling Col¬ 
lege, Oakdale, N.Y. (which lately 
is becoming prominent in basket¬ 
ball). 

Letter from Howard Hovey, 
who is still tooting his tuba out in 
Riverhead, Long Island. Spent 
several semesters in graduate 
school so was eligible to toot for 
Columbia Blue Lions, famous 
dance band of the early 30's. Men¬ 
tioned Art Smith as faithful par¬ 
ticipant in those numerous old 
Livingston Hall dances. The Blue 
Lions were on a cruise to South 
America during the holidays and 
returned to Columbia the same 
time as the Rose Bowl team and 
participated in the ceremonies 
where their sun tans were misin¬ 
terpreted by some autograph 
hounds as California tans, but 
they willingly obliged. 

Contributions, anybody? 


32 


Columbia College 
Today 

475 Riverside Drive 
Suite 917 

New York, N.Y. 10115 


[We are saddened to report the death 
of Arthur Lautkin on December 27, 
1993. Dr. Lautkin was a tireless 
leader in the Alumni Association and 
a Class Correspondent for many 
years. Until a new correspondent is 
appointed, please send class news to 
CCT at the address above.-Ed.] 


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Alfred A. Beaujean 

40 Claire Avenue 
New Rochelle, N.Y. 
10804 


The New Year is upon us once 
again and at our ages we cannot 
help wondering how many more 
we will see. Anyway, we make 
the best of the fact that we are still 
here and still plugging along, in 
spite of our aches and pains. 

Sorry I missed the 60th reunion, 
but I had an Army commitment 
that I had been working on for 
some time. Got a card from Jack 
Noble, who is doing quite well 
up in Fairfield, Conn. Got the fol¬ 
lowing note from Raphael D. 
Blau: "Back in New York for the 
60th anniversary of graduation, 
not that I was part of the long 


grey line. Spent the intervening 
time perpetrating such Holly¬ 
wood classics as Mother is a Fresh¬ 
man, Bedtime for Bonzo, The Bob 
Hope Theatre, Bonanza, followed 
by 30 years in Nova Scotia, 
watching the tides come in and go 
out." Sounds like fun. 


34 


Lawrence W. Golde 

27 Beacon Hill Road 
Port Washington, N.Y. 
11050 


The New York Times on September 
29,1993 contained this item: "Fon 
W. Boardman noted a sign in the 
window of the Chase Manhattan 
Bank Branch at Fifth Avenue and 
14th Street that read, 'Talk to one 
of our small business experts 
today.' What he wants to know is 
the maximum height for a small 
business expert at Chase." 

Dr. Arthur Robinson writes: 
"Graduated from University of 
Chicago Medical School in 1938. 
Currently emeritus professor, de¬ 
partments of biochemistry, bio¬ 
physics, and genetics. Distin¬ 
guished professor. University of 
Colorado. Senior staff, National 
Jewish Center for Immunology 
and Respiratory Medicine. Senior 
Fellow, Eleanor Roosevelt Insti¬ 
tute." 

On October 19,1993, a group of 
reunion committeemen met to 
begin planning for our 60th re¬ 
union. Present at the meeting 
were the following classmates: 
Norm Alexander, Bernie Bloom, 
Larry Golde, Jud Hyatt, Herb Ja¬ 
coby, Howard Klein, Millard 
Midonick, Phil Roen and Fon 
Boardman. 


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Columbia College 
Today 

475 Riverside Drive 
Suite 917 

New York, N.Y. 10115 


36 


Paul V. Nyden 

P.O. Box 205 
Hillsdale, N.Y. 12529 


Thomas E. Cone, Jr., M.D. (P&S 
'39) is fully retired from the 
Boston Children's Hospital and 
the Harvard Medical School. 
However, he is active in teaching 
courses on medical history and 
ethics at the Harvard Institute for 
Learning in Retirement. An arti¬ 
cle by Robert Ernst, Westbury, 
N.Y., "Isaac Law and the Ameri¬ 
can Revolution," will appear in 
the forthcoming issue of New York 
History. This is an extended ver¬ 
sion of a paper read at a confer¬ 
ence on New York state history, 
June 4,1993, at Seneca Falls, N.Y. 

Mary and Fred Drane were 
both interviewed on a local TV 


station (Channel 6 Leisure World, 
Laguna Hills, Calif.). Columbia 
was mentioned in the interview, 
as Fred attended Columbia on a 
scholarship. He is a vice president 
of our class. They attended all re¬ 
unions until the 55th, which they 
missed because of a serious auto 
accident. Fred belongs to the Co¬ 
lumbia Alumni Association of 
Southern California. 

Frank Milner, who refers to 
himself as a "voice from the 
past," writes from Punta Gorda, 
Fla. that he transferred in 1937 to 
Trenton State, but still remembers 
his ties to the Blue and White. He 
played basketball with Bill Nash 
and Ed Underhill and under 
coaches Paul Mooney and Dan 
Meehan. He would love to hear 
from any old buddies and from 
any fraternity brothers of Phi 
Gamma Delta. He hopes to make 
our 60th reunion in '96. He can be 
reached at 1047 Messina Drive, 
Punta Gorda, Fla., telephone (813) 
639-2395. 


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Walter E. Schaap 

86-63 Clio Street 
Hollis, N.Y. 11423 


We may be aging, but Bill Dav¬ 
enport still remembers the words 
on John Jay's fireplace: "Hold 
Fast to the Spirit of Youth/ Let 
Years to Come Do What They 
May." Bill, director of European 
studies at Northwood University 
in France, has just sold the movie 
rights to his book. Gyro: The Life 
and Times of Lawrence Sperry. 

Further proof that our '37 cre¬ 
ative spark is not dead: Boris To- 
drin's fourth novel. Aphrodite and 
the Old Nude, and his sixth book 
of poetry. Light on the Porch, are 
about to be published in England. 
In far-off Australia, Max Norman 
has just published his Jack 
Kennedy and the Nauru Intelligence. 

We are not all so far-flung geo¬ 
graphically. The August 10 New 
York Times featured Murray 
Teigh Bloom, free-lance maga¬ 
zine writer and author of many 
non-fiction books. His novel. The 
Thirteenth Man, became the Holly¬ 
wood movie The Last Embrace. 

In one of its lighter moments, 
the Times of December 8 devoted 
an item to Vincent Sardi and the 
benefit dinner he threw at his 
world-famous restaurant for the 
Toys for Tots program of the Ma¬ 
rine Corps Reserve (in which 
Vince is a retired major). To bene¬ 
fit the cause, fines were imposed 
for any breach of rigid Marine eti¬ 
quette. One officer had to pay up 
for going to the men's room with¬ 
out permission. 

Notes from the Sun Belt: In Fort 
Myers, come August, Winston 
Hart will celebrate the 50th an¬ 
niversary of the day he married 


Eunice in Washington while on a 
30-day leave from the 6th Air 
Force overseas. Adrian Beill of 
Tarpon Springs, Fla. expresses 
hope that "Columbia College will 
retain its independence under the 
new regime," and appreciation 
for "John Kluge's generous dona¬ 
tions, with their accent on minori¬ 
ty students." 

One of Kluge's college poker 
pals, Duke Marchese of Sun City, 
Ariz., came east recently to visit 
his son, Paul, honored by the 
American Institute of Architects 
for his handling of the rebuilding 
of the bomb-damaged World 
Trade Center; the trip enabled 
Duke to get together with class¬ 
mates Gene Kalil and Adolph 
Miller '33, '38E. 

Fred Salinger, deep in Arizo¬ 
na's murky politics, sent season's 
greetings to all his classmates. 
Wally Schaap, a sometime Arizo¬ 
nan from N.Y.C., echoes these 
greetings for whatever season 
they reach you. 


38 


Peter J. Guthom 

514 North Lakeside 
Drive 

Lake Worth, Fla. 33460 


Emily and Hal Obst, Palm Beach, 
Fla. area architects, reaffirmed 
their wedding vows on their 50th 
anniversary, November 8,1993, 
in a service at the Episcopal 
Church of the Holy Spirit, West 
Palm Beach. As a team they had 
designed the church during the 
1950's. 

After Coney Island Diary — 1935, 
John Osnato, Jr. published Police 
Family, an account of the New 
York Police Department, Murder 
Inc., and the career of his father, 

Lt. John Osnato. He is now com¬ 
ing out with Lawyer in the House, 
an account of his career through 
Columbia Law School in 1940, the 
practice of auction and admiralty 
law, and later trial work with the 
firm of Haig, Gardner and 
Havens. 

Hector L. Allen, after retiring 
from the Army as a lieutenant 
colonel, was director of public 
works in Vienna, Va. for 18 years, 
and occasionally, acting town 
manager. He and wife Naomi 
have four sons. The Allens sum¬ 
mer in Provincetown, Mass., his 
home town. 

Thomas M. De Stefano, D.D.S., 
would like someone to arrange a 
class luncheon in the city this fall. 

Classmate George Freimarck 
passed away in January. Follow¬ 
ing are excerpted thoughts from 
his good friend John M. 
Anspacher: 

"Suffering the effects of cancer 
surgery for more than a year, 
George Freimarck's demise on 
January 6 came to family and 










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Lawrence Walsh '32 has the last word on Iran-Contra 


//IT egardless of criminality, 
-LvPresident Reagan, the 
Secretary of State, the Secretary 
of Defense, and Director of Cen¬ 
tral Intelligence and their neces¬ 
sary assistants committed them¬ 
selves, however reluctantly, to 
two programs contrary to Con¬ 
gressional policy and contrary 
to national policy. They skirted 
the law, some of them broke the 
law and almost all of them tried 
to cover up the President's will¬ 
ful activities." 

With these words. Indepen¬ 
dent Counsel Lawrence Walsh 
'32 on January 18 unveiled the 
results of his seven-year investi¬ 
gation into the Iran-Contra af¬ 
fair. The three volumes of Mr. 
Walsh's final report apparently 
offered few new insights into 
the scandal, but they forcefully 
retraced the steps whereby 
funds raised from covert arms 
sales to Iran were secretly di¬ 
verted to the Contra rebels of 


Nicaragua. 

In addition, summary judg¬ 
ments were rendered on those 
involved in the operations, not 
excluding Presidents Reagan 
and Bush. Mr. Walsh deter¬ 
mined that both were fully 
aware of the arms sales, that Mr. 
Reagan had "knowingly partici¬ 
pated or at least acquiesced" in 
covering up the scandal, and 
that Mr. Bush had withheld cru¬ 
cial evidence. (In keeping with 
the criticism that came to dog 
Mr. Walsh as he pursued the 
case to the end, both ex-Presi- 
dents, along with others who 
figured prominently in the re¬ 
port, responded with angry de¬ 
nials.) 

Mr. Walsh's role as indepen¬ 
dent prosecutor caps a long 
career of public service. After 
graduating from the Law School 
in 1935, he joined the staff of 
Manhattan District Attorney 
Thomas E. Dewey, becoming 


Mr. Dewey's chief counsel 
when he was elected Governor 
of New York. He served as a 
Federal judge in Manhattan 
from 1954-57 and from 1957-60 
was Deputy Attorney General 
of the United States; he was 
later deputy head of the U.S. 
delegation to the Paris peace 
talks during the Vietnam 
conflict. 

A longtime partner of Davis 
Polk & Wardwell in New York, 
he moved in 1981 to Oklahoma 
City and the firm of Crowe & 
Dunlevy. Mr. Walsh is a former 
vice chairman of the University 
trustees and a past president of 
both the New York State Bar As¬ 
sociation and the American Bar 
Association; among his honors 
are the Law School's Medal for 
Excellence and the College's 
John Jay Award. 

T.V. 


friends as a shock. He had been 
with us and of us ... for so long, 
with such warmth, humanity, 
and understanding, and, in truth, 
such appreciation of our feelings, 
our opinions, our attitudes ... 

"At Columbia, George engaged 
himself in European history and 
would argue, generally success¬ 
fully, with anyone who chal¬ 
lenged his familiarity with facts 
and figures. George was an al¬ 
manac in himself in debate, in 


which he won his much-deserved 
'crown' twice. 

"This is secondary, as ours was 
a close personal relationship. We 
spent time in each other's homes, 
during our college years and 
since. He was especially fond of 
my mother (Barnard '04), and she 
of him. My wife and I encouraged 
his courtship of his wife, Mary. 
We had served together in the 
Army in World War II, spent time 
together at various Foreign Ser¬ 


vice posts, kept track of each oth¬ 
er's growing families, and gener¬ 
ally nurtured the 60-year-old 
friendship which has just now 
come to a close. Always to be re¬ 
membered is the eulogy he deliv¬ 
ered at my wife's grave four years 
ago. George Freimarck's passing 
marks a milestone in my own life; 
I shall never forget him." 

George received an honorary 
Doctor of Engineering Technol¬ 
ogy degree from the Wentworth 


Institute of Technology, Boston, 
in September 1992. He had served 
there as dean of general studies 
and as professor of humanities 
and social science after a career in 
the U.S. Foreign Service. 


Robert E. Lewis 

464 Main Street, #218 
Port Washington, N.Y. 
11050 

Mark off the weekend of June 3-5 
on your calendar, for that's the 
time for the 55th reunion of the 
Class of '39 at Columbia. Plans for 
an on-campus reunion are being 
worked out by Jim Welles, Vic 
Futter (as program chair), and the 
Columbia staff. Tentative features 
include a mini-Dean's Day, dis¬ 
cussion of the future of Columbia 
College, class lunch, excerpts 
from the Varsity Show, a cham¬ 
pagne reception and dance, and 
much more. So schedule a trip to 
Morningside for early June. De¬ 
tails will be coming to you as 
soon as they are firmed up. 

We would like to put out a sup¬ 
plement to the class directory that 
was distributed at our 50th re¬ 
union. If you haven't returned 
your questionnaire yet, please do 
so, or drop a note to Jim Welles, 
Ralph Staiger, or me (Bob Lewis, 
address above). Let us know what 
you have been doing during the 
past five years since our 50th re¬ 
union—have you changed jobs, 
retired, moved, or done anything 
your classmates might be interest¬ 
ed in hearing about? 

As the years go by, most of us 
are retired or semi-retired. But 
you wouldn't expect a group with 
Columbia backgrounds to simply 
fade away. Many of us are busy 
with community or professional 
activities. The early returns from 
the alumni questionnaires show a 
wide variety of activities: 

Dave Hertz is distinguished 
professor emeritus, artificial intel¬ 
ligence, in the Intelligent Com¬ 
puter Systems Institute at the 
University of Miami. Vic Futter is 
still active, serving "of counsel" at 
a New York law firm. He is vice 
chair of the senior lawyers divi¬ 
sion of the American Bar Associa¬ 
tion. Edward Le Comte is about 
to publish his 19th book and fifth 
novel, entitled Carnal Sin. Saul 
Ricklin reports a successful oper¬ 
ation for a new hip last year. 
Stanley Hesse is "still not quite 
retired" and keeps busy collecting 
stamps and sea shells and singing 
bass in the choir. Bob Senkier has 
served three years as a member of 
the Vatican mission at the United 
Nations. Bob Lewis is chair of the 
investment committee for a 
church with an endowment of 
$100 million. Vic Wouk is consul¬ 
tant to General Motors and others 










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on battery chargers for electric 
automobiles. Seymour Jacobson 
has retired from his work on 
mental and emotional disorders 
of late life. He was chair of the 
section on psychiatry and geri¬ 
atric medicine of the New York 
Academy of Medicine. Eric Carl¬ 
son, who graduated with our 
class despite being sightless, has 
all the news of Columbia read to 
him by his wife, Esther. John Mc¬ 
Cormack reports on a five-week, 
5,000-mile tour of France. He still 
plays in bridge tournaments. Carl 
Allen '37 wants to hear from 
other members of the 1937 fresh¬ 
man football team. Since retire¬ 
ment, Leland Denning has 
taught electronics, sailed, and 
been director of Inflation Fighters 
of Collier County, Fla. 


Seth Neugroschl 

1349 Lexington Avenue 
New York, N.Y. 10128 

A reminder, in case you misplaced 
Lawson Bernstein's November 
letter: Save Friday, June 2 to Sun¬ 
day, June 4,1995 in your appoint¬ 
ment book... it's the date of our 
55th reunion! If you volunteered 
to help with the planning, you'll 
be hearing from us ... if you 
haven't but want to, please drop 
Lawson or me a note. We need 
your ideas and help to make this 
reunion even more memorable 
than our 50th. 

Ellis Gardner will be awarded 
the Alumni Medal by the Univer¬ 
sity's Alumni Federation for his 
outstanding service to the College 
and to our class, at a Low Library 
luncheon during the 1994 Com¬ 
mencement weekend. 

Dan Edelman's public relations 
firm continues its extraordinary 
growth with a recently opened 
office—its 28th—in China. Dan 
was also voted Public Relations 
Professional of the Year by the 
readers of P.R. News Magazine, 

"as an innovator and visible 
leader on the question of ethics 
in public relations." 

The International Association 
of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists re¬ 
cently presented its Pursuit of 
Justice Award to Bill Feinberg, 
who continues as senior judge in 
the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second 
Circuit. 

Seth Neugroschl's daughter 
Judy—no doubt inspired by her 
clinical psychologist mother's ex¬ 
ample—started as a second year 
resident in psychiatry at Yale. She 
also just delighted her parents by 
announcing her engagement to a 
medical resident. 

The nucleus of the networked 
multi-media presentation and 
strategic exploration facility at 
Columbia's Faculty House (which 
I addressed in the last issue) has 


just become operational. This 
couldn't be more timely, given 
the current level of attention and 
excitement the national informa¬ 
tion infrastructure is receiving 
from all quarters. I'd enjoy shar¬ 
ing thoughts with any classmate 
actively involved or concerned 
with any aspect of this extraordi¬ 
nary process. (My e-mail address: 
sn23@columbia.edu). 

Lawson Bernstein, back from a 
trip to Florida reports that Jack 
Close has retired from his archi¬ 
tectural practice and enjoys the 
good life in Vero Beach. Lawson 
also lunched with Victor Jacob¬ 
son; with Charlie Schneer at his 
new place in Broken Sound; with 
Russ Tandy at his beautiful 
Jupiter Island home. 


Stanley H. Gotliffe 

328 Ell Road 
Hillsdale, N.J. 07642 

[Longtime Class of'41 correspondent 
Arthur Friedman has been elected 
to higher office after six years of ser¬ 
vice to CCT and the Class—he never 
missed filing a column, including 
this one, and we thank him. We wel¬ 
come his successor, Stan Gotliffe. 
—Ed.] 

Our 52nd reunion was held at 
Arden House October 29-31. A 
new slate of officers was elected: 
president: Arthur S. Friedman; 
senior v.p.: Philip Van Kirk; 
v.p.'s: Hugh R. K. Barber, 
Leonard Shayne, David Wester- 
mann, and Robert Zucker; 
recording secretary: James Dick; 
corresponding secretary: Stan H. 
Gotliffe; treasurer: Harry Z. 
Mellins. 

Among those who attended 
were former '41 presidents Fred 
Abdoo, Bill Batiuchok, Semmes 
Clarke, Joe Coffee, Bob Dettmer, 
Dick Greenwald, Saul Haskel, 
Herb Spiselman and Art Wein- 
stock. 

Many thanks to Saul Haskel, 
and all of his various officers and 
associates for a job well done over 
the last number of years. 

Class members reached a con¬ 
sensus that the 53rd reunion will 
once again be held on top of the 
mountain at Arden House, Fri- 
day-Sunday, May 27-29. 

Leon Henkin, professor emeri¬ 
tus, University of California, 
Berkeley, a participant and an 
outstanding guest speaker at our 
52nd reunion, has been named a 
Phi Beta Kappa visiting scholar to 
nine institutions for 1993-94. 

Fred Behr writes, "We will be 
returning from a 95-day round- 
the-world tour and will just miss 
the 53rd. Hope to be there for the 
54th reunion." Good luck, Fred! 
Perhaps you will tell us all about 
your trip. 

On December 9,1993, the 


Japanese government honored 
our Ted de Bary by presenting 
him with the "Order of the Rising 
Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Rib¬ 
bon" award. Witnessing the 
award were Helen and Fred 
Abdoo, Margaret and Joe Coffee, 
Connie and Semmes Clarke, 
Cynthia and Arthur Friedman, 
Rhoda and Dick Greenwald, 
Betty and Arthur Weinstock. 

We have just learned and are 
very proud to announce that on 
November 7,1992, the L. H. Pe¬ 
terson, M.D. Memorial Award 
was given to our very own Bill 
Batiuchok. An excerpt from the 
citation: "For his commitment to 
his craft and the respect and affec¬ 
tion of his colleagues and com¬ 
munity as an outstanding human¬ 
itarian bringing to the 'cutting 
edge' of medicine a 'gentle hand,' 
we honor William Batiuchok, 
M.D. as a physician of great dis¬ 
tinction." Well done! 


Herbert Mark 

197 Hartsdale Avenue 
White Plains, N.Y. 

10606 

Some of us have been spending a 
lot of time renewing old friend¬ 
ships. I know I have. I'm amazed 
at the number of times I see class¬ 
mates at social gatherings other 
than reunion and homecoming. 

Vic Zaro has done it again, 
leading a group that included Bill 
Carey, Harry Chippindale, 
Maury Goodgold, Jerry Klingon 
and Bill Robbins to the Alexan¬ 
der Hamilton Dinner, at which 
outgoing President Michael 
Sovern '53 was honored. 

Mel Hershkowitz, on a trip to 
Southern California (well before 
the recent earthquake), visited 
with Don Mankiewicz and spent 
time with Don Dickinson and 
Dave Gelbard. Word has come 
from Mank that he made it 
through the earthquake un¬ 
harmed. Mel lives in Providence, 
retired from the practice of medi¬ 
cine but active as a teacher at the 
Brown University Medical 
School. 

A1 Rayle writes that he is still 
practicing radiology in Atlanta. 
Sandy Black is president of the 
local Columbia Club in South¬ 
west Florida and is active in re¬ 
cruiting applicants for the Col¬ 
lege. 

Recommended reading: The 
Class of 1942 Newsletter, edited by 
Bill Edge, who does a great job. 
Bill hasn't lost his touch as an edi¬ 
tor. I remember we were on Spec¬ 
tator's managing board together, 
along with Mark Kahn and Bud 
Caulfield. 

Jack Arbolino was again the 
magnet for a gathering of class¬ 
mates, this time at his 75th birth¬ 


day celebration, with Don Selig- 
man, Phil Hobel, Jerry Klingon, 
Phil Yampolsky and Herb Mark, 

along with Joe Coffee '41 and Ar¬ 
bolino offspring from other classes 
braving the winter weather. 


John F. Pearson 

5 Walden Lane 
Ormond Beach, Fla. 
32174 

A good turnout of class mem¬ 
bers—too many for your doddery 
correspondent to list—was on 
hand last fall at Baker Field for 
the final event of our 50th an¬ 
niversary year. After a pre-game 
picnic graciously hosted by Betty 
and Connie Maniatty, and after 
much animated chatter about ten¬ 
nis, golf, travel, dental problems 
and other important matters, 
everyone repaired to the stadium 
to enjoy the grand weather. 

At one point your correspon¬ 
dent was approached by a chap 
wearing a nifty cap and a wry 
grin (which went well with the 
corned beef sandwich he had in 
hand). It was good to see Stan 
Wyatt again after many years and 
to learn what he was up to: plen¬ 
ty. His major project at the mo¬ 
ment, he said, was a seven-by- 
fourteen-foot mural for the Fire 
Training Center of Rockland 
County, New York. The painting 
will depict the firemanic history 
of the county's five towns from 
early days to the present. Stan's 
proposal was chosen by a selec¬ 
tion committee from among a 
number submitted by other 
artists. 

A press release tells of a dinner 
held in Washington, D.C. for the 
benefit of the Rudolph Von 
Abele Scholarship Fund at Amer¬ 
ican University. Rudy, who died 
in 1989, taught at the university 
for almost 40 years and was rec¬ 
ognized as one of the institution's 
most distinguished faculty mem¬ 
bers. He was an authority on the 
European novel and a James 
Joyce specialist. In addition to his 
teaching and scholarly pursuits, 
Rudy was a poet, essayist, novel¬ 
ist, historian and critic. 

Believe it or not, Connie Mani¬ 
atty manages to have other inter¬ 
ests in addition to Columbia. 

Some months ago he was the 
principal speaker at a centennial 
celebration of the Norwalk 
(Conn.) Hospital Foundation. In 
part, he said: "America's physi¬ 
cians are the best educated, most 
highly trained, most dedicated 
professionals the world has ever 
produced. I know of no other pro¬ 
fession that requires the expertise 
of an engineer, the skill of a crafts¬ 
man, the insight of a philosopher, 
the precision of a watchmaker, 
the compassion of a clergyman. 













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35 


the curiosity of a cat, the finesse of 
an artist, and the hide of a rhinoc¬ 
eros." Connie has been chairman 
of the hospital's board for the last 
six years. 

Finally, sad news. Word has 
reached us of the death last win¬ 
ter of John Mladinov. As his obit¬ 
uary states, he had a long and 
fruitful career as an engineer and 
transport expert. 


44 


Walter Wager 

200 West 79th Street 
New York, N.Y. 10024 


Mort Lindsey—in his 39th year as 
director of musical operations for 
Merv Griffin Enterprises, the gift¬ 
ed musician has recently conduct¬ 
ed recording sessions for such 
name talents as Elton John, 
Michael Feldstein, and Aaron 
Neville. A retrospective CD col¬ 
lection titled The Beat Generation 
features two Lindsey composi¬ 
tions plus photos and readings by 
Jack Kerouac, who bunked next 
door at Livingston Hall in 1941. 

Mort and spouse, Judy, singing 
star of Your Show of Shows, await 
the arrival of a second great¬ 
grandchild. 

Dr. Martin Zwerling—notes 
proudly that granddaughter Jen¬ 
nifer Martin Almy, studying at 
Medical University of South Car¬ 
olina, represents the fourth gener¬ 
ation of his family to attend med¬ 
ical school. 

Jay H. Topkis—the noted trial 
lawyer and partner at Paul, 

Weiss, etc. in N.Y.C. is continuing 
as an adjunct, teaching the reali¬ 
ties of courtroom advocacy at Co¬ 
lumbia Law School. 

Joshua Lederberg—the Nobel 
laureate is active in molecular bi¬ 
ology research at Rockefeller Uni¬ 
versity and actively involved in 
science policy as co-chair of the 
Carnegie Commission on Science 
and Technology. He's been hon¬ 
ored with an appointment as 
Commandeur de I'Ordre des Lettres 
of the French Republic. 

Homer Schoen—the able vice 
president of marketing of the Na¬ 
tional Urban League has accepted 
the challenge of chairing the Class 
Gift Committee in our 50th an¬ 
niversary year as '44 prepares for 
a reunion. Working with him will 
be retired Seagram president and 
philanthropic maven David G. 
Sacks. 

Dr. Peter Wedeen—retired 
after a notable career as both a 
practicing M.D. and assistant 
chief of medical affairs of the 
N.Y.C. Fire Department. He con¬ 
tinues as an assistant professor at 
Downstate Medical School. A Fel¬ 
low in the American College of 
Physicians, he's the proud dad of 
two sons in radiology. He's been 
a widower since 1991. 


Dr. Ira Gabrielson—retired 
from teaching medicine but a 
wildly active Renaissance man in 
everything else except modern 
dance and hair weaving, he ac¬ 
tively contributes to Western 
(okay. New England) civilization 
as co-editor with his wife (Dr. 

May Gabrielson, who does med¬ 
ical magic and co-chairs the 
League of Women Voters health 
care committee) of the Northamp¬ 
ton, Mass. L.W.V. newsletter, as 
v.p. of the Williamsburg Histori¬ 
cal Society, as a town commis¬ 
sioner on aging, and as a produc¬ 
er of posters for the local Sierra 
Club population committee. He 
has no shame, a new tractor, and 
high hopes for our June 3-5 re¬ 
union. 

You coming? Send in that ques¬ 
tionnaire now! 


45 


Clarence W. Sickles 
321 Washington Street 
Hackettstown, N.J. 
07840 


From Clearwater, Fla., Don Seng- 
staken E'45 reports being retired 
and starting his own engineering 
and environmental consulting 
sales business, and engaging in 
golf matches. Don requests col¬ 
leagues living in the Tampa Bay 
area to contact him for a mini¬ 
reunion. 

On the December 6,1993 60 
Minutes program, Andy Rooney 
said that Columbia was undefeat¬ 
ed when we beat Stanford in the 
1934 Rose Bowl, 7-0. Not so. 
Princeton beat us on October 21, 
1933,20-0, but had a no-post-sea- 
son-game policy, and couldn't go 
to the Rose Bowl. How about a 
correction, Andy? 

This time we honor classmates 
Frank Zabransky, 15 Maple Ave., 
Little Ferry, N.J. 07643 and Walter 
E. Young, Jr., 12349 38th Ave. 
N.E., Seattle, Wash. 98125. We 
should like to hear from or about 
Frank and Walt. 


46 


Henry S. Coleman 

P.O. Box 1283 
New Canaan, Conn. 
06840 


Fritz Stem spent most of the fall 
in Germany as a senior advisor to 
the United States Embassy in 
Bonn. Fritz hoped to help the em¬ 
bassy by providing an historical 
perspective on current events. He 
also hoped to "explicate America 
to Germans, particularly in East 
Germany." A card from Gus 
Sapega brags about his three 
grandchildren. He also lauds the 
Elderhostel program. He and 
Margaret traveled to Brazil and 
Italy with the program in 1993. 
They also managed to visit Portu¬ 
gal, Wisconsin and Vermont on 


their own. Ed Taylor finally ar¬ 
rived in his new digs in Ponte 
Vedra Beach, Fla., in August. He 
and Mary are settling into their 
new life, but did get back to NYC 
for Xmas. 

A call from Howard Clifford 
indicated that he had received 
some notice of an early 50th re¬ 
union combining the Class of '46 
with four other classes this com¬ 
ing June. I assured him that the 
class officers are sticking to their 
original plans to have the 50th re¬ 
union for '46 at Arden House in 
the spring of 1996. He promises to 
be there. Howard is now in Lost 
Creek, Ore., a desert-like spot in 
the middle of the state. Howard is 
trying to develop an irrigation 
project to bring water to the area 
and turn it into the salmon-fish¬ 
ing capital of the West. Anyone 
wanting to invest should let your 
secretary know. Send some news 
with your checks. 


47 

48 


George W. Cooper 
184 Atlantic Street 
Stamford, Conn. 06904 


David L. Schraffenberger 
115 East 9 th Street, 
Apt. 21-A 

New York, N.Y. 10003 


Veteran travel writer Ken Bern¬ 
stein continues to get paid for 
doing what most of us would like 
to do in our retirement years. 

Ken, now a resident of Lausanne, 
Switzerland, took a a short break 
last summer to attend a family re¬ 
union in Wisconsin. 

At last report. Norm Eliasson 
was recovering from a round of 
open-heart surgery in September. 

Kathy and Marshall Mascott, 
now retired in Montreux, 
Switzerland, continue to pile up 
frequent-flier miles visiting son 
Chris and family (two grandchil¬ 
dren) in Montreal. 

Jackson Sheats, now an associ¬ 
ate professor of voice at the 
Shenandoah Conservatory, Win¬ 
chester, Va., recently conducted 
master classes at Carnegie-Mellon 
in Pittsburgh and at the University 
of West Virginia. He also serves 
as state governor of the Virginia 
Chapter of the National Associa¬ 
tion of Teachers of Singers. 

John Steeves continues as an 
active force in the arts community 
of his adopted retirement city of 
Savannah. John reads for the 
blind regularly on the local public 
radio station, and has recently 
been named a master of contract 
bridge, a designation that has 
prompted him, he writes, to sign 
up for "arrogance lessons." 

Dr. Willis A. "Steve" Stevens 
(as an undergraduate, a member 
of the Columbia Choir and ac¬ 


companist for the Glee Club) is 
the director of the Piano School in 
Wayne, Pa., where his wife, Betty, 
also teaches. He also serves as 
vice president of the Philadelphia 
Music Teachers Association, and 
is a frequent speaker and adjudi¬ 
cator for that organization. Steve 
and Betty are the grandparents of 
Samuel Chase Stevens, son of 
Steve's daughter Amy B'82 and 
Peter D. Waring '83. 


49 


Joseph B. Russell 

180 Cabrini Blvd., #21 
New York, N.Y. 10033 


Jonathan King has emerged from 
retirement to be visiting professor 
of architecture and associate di¬ 
rector of the CRSS Center at Texas 
A&M University. He neglects to 
put a name to those cryptic ini¬ 
tials, however, so we solicit 
guesses—no prize, but guaran¬ 
teed credit in print for the most 
creative submissions. 

A partner at Rogers & Wells, 
Joseph Levie also writes a regular 
column for The New York Law 
Journal on arcana of secured lend¬ 
ing, while his wife Hallie, former¬ 
ly a research biochemist, has be¬ 
come a patent lawyer. Your corre¬ 
spondent and his wife have had 
the pleasure of seeing them rather 
often during the past two years at 
chamber music recitals. 

On February 7,1993, the Ein¬ 
stein Humanitarian Award was 
conferred on Dominick Purpura 
and his wife. Penny, at a gala cele¬ 
bration of the 40th anniversary of 
the naming of the Albert Einstein 
College of Medicine, whose dean 
he has been since 1984; he also 
serves as vice president for med¬ 
ical affairs of its parent, Yeshiva 
University. Dom is a member of 
the National Academy of Sciences 
and chief editor of Bratn Research, 
the journal of the International 
Brain Research Organization, of 
which he is president. 

Fred Klinger writes from 
Bethesda, Md., having retired 
from the U.S. Bureau of Mines 
several years ago (preceded by 
service as a geologist at the U.S. 
Geological Survey and U.S. Steel) 
to say hello to Julian Rolandelli 
and Dave Ilchert, both of whom 
he remembers well from the track 
squads of 1946-49. He inquires 
too about A1 Holland, a running 
mate of theirs, and I am sorry to 
be the bearer of sad news: Al's 
passing was reported in The New 
York Times this past summer. Fred 
adds greetings to miler Allan 
Berger, high jumper Bill Vessie, 
shot putter-cum-hammer thrower 
Moose Hasselman, and others 
whose names elude him, and 
reminisces about their coach Carl 
Merner, who made an indelible 
impression on some of us non- 















36 


competitors too. Fred abandoned 
the hammer after a session at 
which his second toss "sailed out 
of Baker Field and into the river, 
180 degrees from where it was 
supposed to go, so I figured I was 
a menace to society." (Who can 
forget the sight of Vessie loping 
up to the high jump bar on South 
Field in the coldest weather and 
seeming to float gracefully 
through the thin air above it?) He 
reports that he still has his CC 
sourcebooks and says he intends 
to read them again. (Mine were 
borrowed by my mother, then a 
high school history teacher, who 
used them for 20 more years.) 
Thanks, Fred, for your letter. 

In a January 12 op-ed piece in 
The New York Times, Charles Pe¬ 
ters, editor of The Washington 
Monthly, laments President Clin¬ 
ton's apparent insensitivity to 
ethical issues and stresses the de¬ 
sirability of greater candor and 
more open discussion with the 
electorate. The President "will not 
succeed," he writes, "unless he 
has the trust and esteem of the na¬ 
tion. And he will not maintain 
that respect if he continues to ap¬ 
pear to be a man who thinks he 
can get away with it." 

1993 was a good year for Fred¬ 
eric Berman and his family—his 
wife, Barbara, became a vice pres¬ 
ident of the Fund for the City of 
New York, a foundation which 
seeks to increase the effectiveness 
and efficiency of government 
agencies and the private nonprof¬ 
it sector in the city; son Jim was 
named director of research for 
CBS Television in Chicago, and 
son Tony is now a lawyer in the 
San Francisco area specializing in 
entertainment law. What does 
our Fred do for entertainment? 
You guessed it—a state court 
judge in New York for the past 20 
years and currently an acting 
Supreme Court justice, he was 
reappointed by Mayor Giuliani 
on his first day in office to an ad¬ 
ditional 10-year term. Warmest 
congratulations are in order and 
hereby extended. 

Rosalind Dear '93, who was the 
first beneficiary of the Class of 
1949 Chamberlain Scholarship, 
writes from her desk at Lord Ab- 
bett & Co. that she is an equity re¬ 
search assistant, helping security 
analysts and portfolio managers 
compile and process information 
used in making investment deci¬ 
sions. The current holder of the 
scholarship is freshman Shana 
Kusin, an honors graduate of St. 
John's High School in Houston 
who intends to major in chem¬ 
istry and earn a graduate degree 
in that field or in astronomy. Her 
main hobbies are jazz dancing 
and ballet. On behalf of the class, I 
wish her every success. 



Immanuel Wallerstein '51, Dis¬ 
tinguished Professor of Sociology at 
SUNY-Binghamton, is chairing an 
academic commission that will pro¬ 
pose a major reorganization of the 
social sciences as studied on the uni¬ 
versity level. Supported by the Fan- 
daqao Calouste Gulbenkian, a Lisbon- 
based foundation, Dr. Wallerstein's 
10-member multinational commis¬ 
sion is challenging the traditional 
division of the social sciences into 
such discrete areas as anthropology, 
history, and economics by arguing 
that interdisciplinary approaches are 
eroding these distinctions. For this 
reason as well, the commission feels, 
the tripartite division of the arts and 
sciences into the humanities, social 
sciences, and natural sciences has 
also substantially eroded. The group 
hopes to issue its findings in a book- 
length analysis by 1995. 

An authority on social change and 
a specialist in postcolonial Africa, 

Dr. Wallerstein has since 1976 di¬ 
rected Binghamton's Fernand 
Braudel Center for the Study of 
Economies, Historical Systems, and 
Civilizations, which is serving as sec¬ 
retariat to the commission. He was 
professor of sociology at McGill Uni¬ 
versity from 1971 to 1976 and from 
1958 to 1971 he taught at Columbia: 
during the 1968 student uprising, he 
played a leading role in the Ad Hoc 
Faculty Committee, which sought an 
independent mediating role between 
the University administration and 
the students. Dr. Wallerstein is the 
author of many articles and several 
books, among them Africa and the 
Modern World and the three-vol¬ 
ume The Modern World-System. 


At press time, we note with 
sadness the passing of our re¬ 
markable classmate, Sorrell 
Booke. An obituary will appear 
in the next issue. 

As some of you may anticipate 
(and Walter Schlotterbeck 


queried in his Xmas card to me), a 
committee is being formed to 
plan a 45th anniversary reunion 
for Spring 1994, and we hope 
many of you will be able to attend 
and celebrate the occasion. Mean¬ 
while, drop me a line and let me 
know what you've been doing, 
whom you've seen or talked with, 
where you've been, or anything 
else our classmates may find of 
interest. 


Mario Palmieri 

33 Lakeview Ave. West 
Peekskill, N.Y. 10566 

We received a nice, long and 
newsy letter from Jo Adamczyk, 
who tells us that he has been re¬ 
tired for four years (Jo was chair¬ 
man and CEO of General Draft¬ 
ing Co., makers of Exxon/Esso 
road maps, where he started 39 
years earlier as an office trainee), 
but is busier than ever with vol¬ 
unteer positions ranging from 
hospital board member to sym¬ 
phony orchestra president. Jo, 
who lives in Basking Ridge, N.J., 
has four children scattered from 
New Jersey to Tokyo, and five 
grandchildren. Jo has kept in 
touch with his College room¬ 
mates, and here is his report on 
their current situations: 

Jack Tooley is retired and still 
lives in his hometown, Evans 
Mills, N.Y., where he taught 
music. Jo's two other roommates 
were not in our class but may be 
familiar to some of you. Michael 
Colne '51 returned to his native 
England where he and his wife 
have for several years been serv¬ 
ing as elected members of their 
city council. Jo and Bert Brine '53 
are golfing partners and visit reg¬ 
ularly in Connecticut and in 
Florida. 

From your correspondent: 
Thanks, Jo, for all this informa¬ 
tion. And why can't more of you 
do likewise? 

Herb Bockian reports that last 
year he became the first Ten¬ 
nessean ever elected president of 
the Smyth County (Va.) Medical 
Society. Herb lives in Bristol, 
Tenn. 

And a new post for A1 Schmitt, 
who is now director of develop¬ 
ment for Upsala College, East Or¬ 
ange, N.J. 


George Koplinka 

75 Chelsea Road 
White Plains, N.Y. 
10603 

At our 40th Reunion in 1991,20 
percent of the class indicated that 
they will never retire. Is that still 
true? 

Our information network re¬ 
ports that Jack Lamensdorf re¬ 
tired from Merrill Lynch with 


close to 40 years as a retail stock 
broker. He now divides his time 
between New York and a home in 
Delaware. Sam Haines, retired 
and living in Englewood, N.J., fi¬ 
nally made the big trip to Califor¬ 
nia with his wife Betsy B'49. "San 
Diego was great," said Sam, but 
he was happy to get back to his 
volunteer work in the develop¬ 
ment office of the Dwight-Engle- 
wood School. There will be a big 
event in the Haines family in 
May. Their son, Peter, a graduate 
of Ithaca College, and Estella 
Maresi, who attended the Univer¬ 
sity of Virginia, will be married 
on the 15th. 

John Renouard is a grand¬ 
father! His daughter Jackie pro¬ 
duced a 7^-pound boy named 
Henry last July. Henry will be in 
the Class of 2014. Perhaps John, 

Jr., who was married a year ago, 
can generate some future Lions, 
too. 

Joe McCormick, self-employed 
and living in Binghamton, N.Y., 
keeps in touch with Larry 
Phillips and Dick Lordi and John 
McConnel from Engineering. His 
wife, Joan, stayed home with the 
winter's snow and cold while Joe 
escaped to Florida for a golfing 
vacation. 

Class president Bob Snyder is 
hoping for a big turnout on 
Dean's Day, April 16 on the 
Morningside campus. Give Bob a 
call at (212) 944-2947 if you would 
like to help with the planning of 
some special activities. Bob is still 
an administrative law judge with 
the National Labor Relations 
Board, plays the clarinet with 
chamber music enthusiasts, and 
will probably never retire. 

Who else was at Homecoming 
last fall besides Stan Schachter 
and Joe Brouillard? 

The Class of '51 did not look all 
that great in the Columbia Col¬ 
lege Fund Annual Report. There 
are 386 members in our class; 118 
contributed. Can we do better 
than $60,300? Sure we can, if 
more of us pitch in during 1994. 

Your class correspondent is at 
home for the winter. Give a call to 
(914) 592-9023 with newsy items 
for the next issue of CCT. 


Robert Kandel 

Craftsweld 
26-26 Jackson Avenue 
Long Island City, N.Y. 
11101 

I am sorry to report that Bob Paul 
passed away recently. Bob retired 
in 1986 after 32 years as a math 
teacher in the Roslyn, L. I. 
schools. We extend our sincerest 
sympathy to his wife, Helen, and 
daughters, Denise and Caroline. 
Gene Manfrini wrote that last 














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37 


October he suffered the loss of his 
"automatic pilot" of four and a 
half years, his guide dog Lindy. 

The bond between a guide dog 
and master is something the rest 
of us can only imagine, but it 
surely must be one of unfaltering 
loyalty and trust. As his very first 
guide dog, Lindy will always 
have a special place in Gene's 
heart, but Gene does now have a 
black Labrador named Fanny 
who is on the job as his new 
guide. 

Stan Schachter '51 graciously 
passed along the following news: 
Gerson Pakula has retired and 
plays tennis and gives Tai Chi in¬ 
struction in Connecticut. Elliot 
Gottfried has also retired, and ex¬ 
pects to move to sunny Florida. 
Herb Max continues to practice 
law in New York while retire¬ 
ment looms on the horizon. 

You may recall that Art Leb 
missed our 40th reunion in 1992 
because he had just undergone 
back surgery. Unfortunately, the 
results were not as good as one 
would like and Art has been 
forced to limit his walking. At last 
count. Art and Lois have six 
grandchildren and with the sec¬ 
ond generation also living in 
Ohio (Canton, Cleveland and 
Toledo), the visits are not infre¬ 
quent. 

In November, Eileen and Dick 
Pittenger were the proud parents 
of the bride when their daughter, 
Susan, married a chap by the 
name of Don, whom she met 
while attending Mount Holyoke 
College in Massachusetts. 

Dave Braun, tired of reading 
more about Kandel in this column 
"than reasonable men can be ex¬ 
pected to absorb or tolerate," in 
self-defense wrote: "Merna and I 
sky-dive every Sunday morning 
shortly after eating a robust 
breakfast. In warm weather we 
substitute deep-sea diving off the 
Santa Barbara reefs looking for a 
cache of a sunken Neiman-Mar- 
cus sloop sailing from Carmel to 
San Diego ... Our three sons are 
too busy to spend any time with 
us—or to call—which causes us 
no concern as we said all we have 
to say to them years ago. Our four 
grandchildren do recognize us if 
we appear before them within 24 
hours of a prior visit... I look for¬ 
ward to seeing many of you at 
our 45th (reunion), although I dis¬ 
like spending too much time with 
older people." 

Logic would have it that, as 
more of you retire, you will have 
ample time to send in some notes 
for these pages. Please don't 
prove my reasoning fallacious! 


Lew Robins 

89 Sturges Highway 
Westport, Conn. 06880 


Howard Falberg 

25 Coley Drive 
Weston, Conn. 06883 

Although the chances are that by 
the time these notes are printed 
blossoms will be starting and 
spring will be just around the cor¬ 
ner, I am now looking out at lay¬ 
ers of ice and snow. Oh well, we 
haven't had a hard winter in a 
number of years and it is certainly 
pretty looking out. 

Speaking of the weather, Alan 
Fendrick and I have become 
snowbirds of sorts and met, with 
spouses, during January in 
Venice, Fla., where, among other 
things, we planned the beginning 
of the Columbia Alumni Club of 
Sarasota and Manatee Counties. 
Alan and his wife Beverly now 
have a condo on Siesta Key in 
Sarasota, and Carol and I just 
built a house in Venice. Projected 
Columbia activities include sec¬ 
ondary-school recruiting and 
periodic gatherings. 

Peter Kenen has been men¬ 
tioned prominently as a prime 
candidate for a vacancy on the 
Federal Reserve Board. Peter is 
currently professor of economics 
at Princeton. Here's hoping. 

Also in Washington, we hear 
that Lee Abramson is preparing 
for a second career as a high 
school math teacher when he re¬ 
tires from the Nuclear Regulatory 
Commission, where he is a senior 
research statistician. His son, 
Daniel, has completed his Ph.D. 
in fine arts at Harvard and is now 
an assistant professor at Con¬ 
necticut College, while son Marc 
has just completed a year in 
Turkey on a Fulbright grant. 

Please let us hear from you and 
try to be with us for our 40th. 


Gerald Sherwin 

181 East 73rd Street 
New York, N.Y. 10021 

The George Rupp presidency at 
Columbia has been moving with 
a sense of purpose and optimism. 
The new president has been 
reaching out to alumni around 
the country, and to the faculty 
and student body as well. The 
new Dean of the College and Vice 
President for Arts & Sciences, 
Steven Marcus '48, is leaving his 
mark on the school. The new 
Dean of Undergraduate Admis¬ 
sions & Financial Aid, Drusilla 
Blackman, has also been a factor 
in the excitement around the 
Quad. 

The student body is as vibrant 
and active as it's always been. 
Spectator, one of the best college 


newspapers in the land (keeping 
up the Lee Townsend tradition), 
and WKCR-FM, the number one 
jazz station in the New York area, 
are both examples of how Colum¬ 
bia undergraduates "work and 
play well with others." It is a 
great time to be on Morningside 
Heights. 

Everything is right as we ap¬ 
proach our 40th reunion in a little 
over a year. For those classmates 
who have been up to campus, 
you know what is happening. For 
others, who, because of geogra¬ 
phy, fatigue, ennui, or whatever, 
have not returned for awhile, you 
would enjoy the trip to 116th 
Street. 

Looking across the country, we 
would hope that some of the class 
who reside outside the East Coast 
will visit us in 1995. We're talking 
about the New Mexico contin¬ 
gent: Ted Scharf in Albuquerque, 
Rodney Thurston in famous Los 
Alamos, and Charles Harriman 
in Santa Fe. Out west in Califor¬ 
nia, Charles Barnett in Woodside 
is doing research for Ampex; 

Jared Myers is ensconced in Wal¬ 
nut Creek; and practicing physi¬ 
cians Joaquin Ramirez and Gary 
Berry are in Chula Vista and 
Westlake Village, respectively; 
Rinaldo Manca sends a warm 
hello from Tiburn and is making 
his plans now to be back east next 
year. 

Stewart Musket is doing well 
in Richardson, Texas, working for 
the Sun Company. Major Richard 
Schlenker is holding the fort (so 
to speak!) in San Antonio, and an¬ 
other Army buddy, Lt. Col. Don 
Grillo, is stationed in Jackson, 
Miss. 

Elsewhere, A1 Lemer was a 
prime player in the city of Balti¬ 
more's quest for a National Foot¬ 
ball League franchise (unfortu¬ 
nately, Jacksonville was awarded 
the team); Barry Sullivan was 
named president of the New York 
City Partnership and New York 
Chamber of Commerce and In¬ 
dustry; and Jesse Roth received 
the American Diabetes Associa¬ 
tion's Albert Renolt, M.D. Award, 
which recognizes outstanding 
achievements in the training of 
diabetes research scientists. Jesse 
is a professor of medicine at Johns 
Hopkins. 

In the last issue of CCT we in¬ 
advertently left out another dis¬ 
tinguished member of our class 
living in Newton, Mass., Bernard 
Chasan. He is professor of 
physics at Boston University, 
where he also teaches courses in 
biophysics. There is a good 
chance that Bernie will make a 
cameo appearance at the reunion. 

Boris Ivovich from Annandale, 
N.J. is medical director of the 


Hunterdon Developmental Cen¬ 
ter and is on the board of direc¬ 
tors of the New Jersey Special 
Olympics. 

A mini-get-together of sorts was 
held recently in Wilton, Conn., 
with media mogul Bob Dilling¬ 
ham; Dan Culhane, Wilton resi¬ 
dent and computer expert; Chuck 
Garrison from Valley Cottage, 

N.Y.; and Don McDonough, all 
the way up north from West Palm 
Beach, Fla. Don has not quite fin¬ 
ished his book, which is autobio¬ 
graphical in nature. He names 
names, places, things. In Don's re¬ 
cent travels, he came across Jim 
Hudson as they waited at one of 
the East Coast airports. Jim, who 
lives in Lancaster, Pa., teaches so¬ 
ciology at Penn State, or "Happy 
Valley" as it is called. 

A special class event was held 
in the late fall in Manhattan. Jim 
Shenton '49, the venerable profes¬ 
sor loved by all, spoke to the as¬ 
semblage, which numbered over 
60 people. He was nothing short 
of great. Tom Chrystie came in 
all the way from Teton Village, 
Wyo., and Eugene Weiner, our 
professor at Haifa University, 
made a special appearance from 
Israel. Our classmates will travel 
any distance to be together. 

Aaron Preiser is back in New 
York City after many years living 
and working on the West Coast. 
Aaron is looking for a nice apart¬ 
ment building with a stoop. 

As our fabulous 40th approach¬ 
es, the class steering committee 
will be meeting shortly to plan 
events and the program in '95. 
Suggestions are more than wel¬ 
come. Do we want entertain¬ 
ment? We know Teresa Brewer is 
available, as is Perry Como. We're 
not sure about Jo Stafford. There's 
always Julius LaRosa.We're into 
spring, guys. Watch your diet. 
Keep your cholesterol down. Eat 
your carrots (you'll see better). 
Don't go outside with your hair 
wet, and above all, stay as terrific 
as you are. Love to all! Every¬ 
where! 


Alan N. Miller 

250 West 94th Street, 
Apt. 8B 

New York, N.Y. 10025 

Winter in New York has felt more 
like Green Bay. I even had to give 
up some of my Central Park 
walks. 

Our last class activity was a 
Greenwich Village walk with Pro¬ 
fessor James Shenton '49 in Octo¬ 
ber. A great walk by a small 
hardy bunch on a most inclement 
day. Mark Novik, who lives in 
the Village and is quite knowl¬ 
edgeable about its history, was 
most impressed by Prof. Shen- 
ton's intimate knowledge of 
















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POETRY: Charles Fenno Hoffman , Class of 1825 


Medicine Song of an Indian Lover 
(Ojibwa) 

I. 

Who, maiden, makes this river flow? 

The Spirit—he makes its ripples glow— 

But I have a charm that can make thee, dear. 

Steal o'er the wave to thy lover here. 

II. 

Who, maiden, makes this river flow? 

The Spirit—he makes its ripples glow— 

Yet every blush that my love would hide. 

Is mirror'd for me in the tell-tale tide. 

III. 

And though thou shouldst sleep on the farthest isle. 
Round which these dimpling waters smile— 

Yet I have a charm that can make thee, dear. 

Steal over the wave to thy lover here. 


The Loon Upon the Lake 

(Ojibwa) 

I looked across the water, 

I bent o'er it and listened, 

I thought it was my lover. 

My true lover's paddle glistened. 

Joyous thus his light canoe would the silver ripples wake.— 
But no!—it is the loon alone—the loon upon the lake. 

Ah me! it is the loon alone—the loon upon the lake. 

I see the fallen maple 
Where he stood, his red scarf waving, 

Though waters nearly bury 
Boughs they then were newly laving. 

I hear his last farewell, as it is echoed from the brake.— 

But no, it is the loon alone—the loon upon the lake. 

Ah me! it is the loon alone—the loon upon the lake. 


Trained as a lawyer, Charles Fenno Hoffman (1806-1884) chose in¬ 
stead a literary career, maintaining a strong interest in the Ameri¬ 
can frontier and the Ojibwa tribe, the source of these poems. He 
edited various New York magazines and newspapers and was asso¬ 
ciated with such local literary figures as William Cullen Bryant, 
Edgar Allan Poe, and Herman Melville. He published three books 
of verse, a novel, a travel journal, and a collection of journalistic 
sketches, and edited an anthology, The New-York Book of Poet¬ 
ry (1837). In 1849, Hoffman was confined to Harrisburg (Pa.) In¬ 
sane Asylum, where he remained for the last 35 years of his life. 

The poems are reprinted with permission from American Poet¬ 
ry: The Nineteenth Century edited by John Hollander '50, pub¬ 
lished October 1993 by The Library of America. 


places, houses and their history. 
In addition to yours truly and 
wife, Ralph Longworth came in 
from Pennsylvania and Alan 
Press from New Jersey. We con¬ 
cluded with a great Thai lunch 
with the good professor, whose 
expertise extends to the city's 
restaurants. Since the walk was 
abbreviated and we had many 
cancellations from timid souls (I 
didn't think our class had any 
such), we will repeat it on May 1. 

I saw Steve Easton and Danny 
Link at Homecoming. That was 
pleasant, but the less said about 
Homecoming and the terrible 
performance of the marching 
band the better. 

Let me strongly recommend 
the University's alumni evening 
courses (I'll be hearing Ted de 
Bary '41 on modern China), as 
well as Dean's Day in April. It's a 
chance to meet with many class¬ 
mates and others we were friend¬ 
ly with from the mid-50's classes 
while we explore many new 
learning opportunities. Do keep 
in contact with me and do consid¬ 
er giving generously to Alma 
Mater. 


57 


Robert Lipsyte 

c/o Bobkat Productions 
163 Third Avenue 
Suite 137 

New York, N.Y. 10003 


Now I know why Gene Wagner, 
who sat next to me in Dean Cole's 
CC class, had his fingers in his 
mouth and a faraway look in his 
eye. He was gearing up to invent 
the Orapik Traveler, a pocket 
tooth cleaner-scraper that will 
brighten your smile even as it 
makes Gene richer. Veep of an 
Elmsford, N.Y. company whose 
registered slogan is "We Take 
Smiling Seriously," Gene holds a 
number of patents on dental 
products sold in major chains 
here and abroad. Obviously in¬ 
spired by last issue's class notes 
on Hartley Hall West, Gene will 
be moving this summer to Pacific 
Palisades. 

Super-surgeon Dave Kinne ex¬ 
ercised his free agent option and 
left the Memorial Sloan-Kettering 
Cancer Center after 22 years, the 
last 13 as the brilliant chief of the 
Breast Service (I have personal ex¬ 
perience of that brilliance). Dave 
returned to Columbia-Presbyter- 
ian, where, he says, his heart has 
always been: "I loved Columbia; 
it was such a warm feeling to re¬ 
turn and such a revitalization for 
myself." As a Professor of 
Surgery, he will have more inter¬ 
action with basic scientists, but 
will still keep operating. "I knew I 
had only one more job left in me, 
so I had to do it soon. Everyone 











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should change jobs every 10 or 15 
years." 

Bill Smith agreed. He retired 
from Exxon in Dallas to return to 
Manhattan and set up his own 
public relations firm, specializing 
in energy issues. It's hard, howev¬ 
er, to get Bill to talk about any¬ 
thing but the Old Blues, the 
world-class rugby team which he 
helped found 30 years ago. "It's 
such a great game, rugby, better 
than football, and simple. Has to 
be simple. How else could John 
Wellington and I have played 
it?" 

Bill is a retired jock, but Joel 
Schwartz is in his prime. Joel 
swims for Team Hypertype (his 
medical transcription company in 
Harrison, N.Y.) and recently led 
them to victory in the over-40 divi¬ 
sion of the Westchester triathlon, 
his 11th appearance in that event. 
Three pounds over his varsity 
weight (and half the speed, he 
says), Joel was the only represen¬ 
tative of the 1950's or 1960's in the 
most recent alumni swim meet. "I 
finished last in everything," said 
Joel, "but I finished." 

For all of us, Joel. 

Some of you have asked me. 
What's a Bobkat? Now I can tell 
you, since the Bobkat Productions 
team of my mailing address— 
namely, me and my wife, Kathy 
Sulkes—is now writing and pro¬ 
ducing a six-hour mini-series for 
Turner Broadcasting: Idols of the 
Arena, a history of the American 
century through leading sports fig¬ 
ures from Jim Thorpe to Michael 
Jordan. Our historical consultant is 
Prof. Peter Levine '95 of Michigan 
State. My fans will be relieved to 
know that I won't be on camera. 


Barry Dickman 

Esanu Katsky Korins 
& Siger 

605 Third Avenue 
New York, N.Y. 10158 

First, thanks to all classmates who 
contributed to our 35th reunion 
fund. Our class led all others with 
55 John Jays, and amassed gifts 
and anniversary pledges of over 
$500,000. We appreciate the ef¬ 
forts of the fund-raising commit¬ 
tee: Marshall Front, Dave Lon¬ 
doner (who put together a 
Stuyvesant High alumni fund), 
Jim Margolis, Howard Orlin and 
your reporter; Bemie Nussbaum 
was an original committee mem¬ 
ber, but left us midstream with 
some lame excuse about changing 
jobs. 

Morty Halperin's nomination 
as Assistant Secretary of State for 
Democracy and Peacekeeping has 
been withdrawn, under heavy 
conservative pressure led by Sen. 
Strom Thurmond. Editorial com¬ 
ment from a former editorials edi¬ 


tor of Spectator: Morty got a raw 
deal, and the country has been 
deprived of his considerable ex¬ 
perience and ability. 

Another '58 Washington figure. 
White House Counsel Bemie 
Nussbaum, was in the newspa¬ 
pers recently, too, but not on the 
front pages—he was mentioned 
in a "Doonesbury" comic strip on 
the Whitewater case. Bernie, you 
can't really say you've made it 
until your voice is used on The 
Simpsons'. Bernie was also hon¬ 
ored by the National Law Journal 
along with FBI Director Louis J. 
Freeh and SEC chairman Arthur 
Levitt, Jr. Speaking at the party 
for the three honorees was Judith 
S. Kaye, chief judge of the New 
York Court of Appeals, who rem¬ 
inisced about the days when she 
was Judy Smith, editor-in-chief of 
the Barnard Bulletin and Bernie 
was her counterpart on Spectator. 
She described both of them as 
"failed journalists," adding, for 
those who wondered what Bernie 
was like in the days of white buck 
shoes and panty raids, "He was 
exactly like he is today, a fast talk¬ 
er, a brilliant thinker and a very 
down-to-earth person." 

Neil Harris, a professor of his¬ 
tory at the University of Chicago, 
was asked by a New York Times re¬ 
porter to comment on the recent 
trend of portraying scientists and 
medical researchers as villains in 
films such as The Fugitive and 
Jurassic Park. Possibly drawing on 
his recollections of his pre-med 
classmates, Neil cautioned 
against reading too much into 
these themes. He described the 
negative view of the health care 
industry as "a part of a larger hos¬ 
tility toward professionals and 
expertise. This has been around in 
our society for a long time ... 
Hostility toward experts is 
human." Because Hollywood 
tends to imitate success, he 
added, what is merely a series of 
copycats begins to look like a 
popular uprising. 

Sid Rosdeitcher, chairman of 
the NYC Bar Association's Com¬ 
mittee on International Human 
Rights, participated in a mission 
to Kyrgyzstan, the former Soviet 
republic, last spring. The purpose 
of the trip was to help the new na¬ 
tion restructure its legal profes¬ 
sion by formulating appropriate 
laws and ethical standards. 

Another '58 traveler. Bill Es- 
berg, was a member of the win¬ 
ning senior knockout team in the 
American Contract Bridge 
League's fall nationals in Seattle. 

Joining the ranks of the '58 doc¬ 
tor-writers, Stan Coen is the au¬ 
thor of a new book entitled Be¬ 
tween Author and Reader: A Psycho¬ 
analytic Approach to Reading and 


Writing, published by Columbia 
University Press. 


Ed Mendrzycki 

Simpson Thacher & 
Bartlett 

425 Lexington Avenue 
New York, N.Y. 10017 

Harris Brodsky, administrator at 
the Kingsbrook Jewish Medical 
Center in Brooklyn, has been ap¬ 
pointed adjunct associate profes¬ 
sor at the Hofstra University 
School of Business in Hempstead, 
N.Y. 

Frank Gatti has relocated from 
Boston to Amherst and continues 
to work as an assistant professor 
of psychiatry at the University of 
Massachusetts Medical School. 

Stephen Joel Trachtenberg has 
received an honorary degree from 
Kyonggi University in Korea and 
has edited The Art of Hiring in 
America's Colleges and Universities 
(Prometheus Books). His son, 
Adam, is a member of this year's 
freshman class at Columbia. 

Joe Fleiss, Professor of Biosta¬ 
tistics at Columbia's School of 
Public Health, is principal biosta¬ 
tistician on four multicenter ran¬ 
domized clinical trials whose data 
coordinating centers are situated 
at Columbia's College of Physi¬ 
cians & Surgeons. One, in repro¬ 
ductive medicine, is a study com¬ 
paring four methods for treating 
infertility. The second, in cardiol¬ 
ogy, evaluates the performance of 
an automated implantable car¬ 
dioverter defibrillator. The study 
is dubbed the CABG Patch Trial. 
The third, in neurology, is the 
WARSS project. The title, the 
Warfarin/Aspirin Recurrent 
Stroke Study, speaks for itself. 
The fourth, also in neurology, as¬ 
sesses the ability of fetal tissue 
transplants to treat Parkinson's 
disease. 


J. David Farmer 

100 Haven Ave., 12C 
New York, N.Y. 10032 

Peter Schweitzer writes that the 
life of a Class of '60 member 
"couldn't be better." Daughter 
Sally married a College man, Stu¬ 
art Singer '85, in late 1992. Daugh¬ 
ter Michelle is a publicist with 
Kathy Shanker Associates in New 
York, and the youngest daughter, 
Lisa, is a senior at Horace Mann 
School. Son Robert '90 recently 
graduated from Vermont Law 
School. 

Class rabbinical notes (cont'd.): 
Dr. David M. Gordis reminds 
your correspondent that he is the 
"third class rabbi." A year ago he 
moved from California to Boston 
to assume the presidency of He¬ 
brew College, while continuing to 
direct the Wilstein Institute of 


Jewish Policy Studies, a think 
tank based in Los Angeles and 
Boston. His wife, Felice B'63 and 
Ph.D. '70, teaches at Lasell Col¬ 
lege and Tufts University in the 
Boston area. 

Albert S. Axelrad, Brandeis 
University rabbi and a frequent 
correspondent, has recently re¬ 
ceived a grant from the German 
Ministries of Culture and Press 
and Information to lecture and 
travel in Germany. In addition to 
conferring with diverse groups 
there, he will conduct interfaith 
services at Dachau and Buchen- 
wald. 

Any more out there? 

Your correspondent welcomes 
communications. Those who 
write get word-processed. 


Michael Hausig 
19418 Encino Summit 
San Antonio, Texas 
78259 

Wedding bells finally rang for 
John Tsucalas in August. John 
married Joanne Crane of Belmont, 
Mass. They have known each 
other for almost 30 years. Phil 
Cottone and Frank Lorenzo were 
in attendance to verify that John 
indeed took the plunge. 

Edwin J. McCreedy has been 
chosen as a fellow of the Ameri¬ 
can Bar Association and a fellow 
of the International Society of 
Barristers. He also just completed 
a two-year term as president of 
the Richard J. Hughes Inn of 
Court. Ed lives in Colts Neck, N.J. 

Lawrence Y. Kline was chosen 
to serve as vice chairman of the 
standards committee of the Uti¬ 
lization Review Accreditation 
Commission, the first physician 
to serve in that role. Larry's oldest 
daughter is in her second year of 
law school at William and Mary, 
and his middle daughter is a 
sophomore pre-med student at 
Univ. of California/Berkeley. 

Melvin Urofsky reports that 
Scribner's published his book. 
Letting Go: Death, Dying and the 
Law, in May. Mel lives in Rich¬ 
mond, Va. 

Arnold Klipstein is chief of 
gastroenterology at Manchester 
Memorial Hospital, Manchester, 
Conn. Arnold's son. Bill, is work¬ 
ing on his Ph.D. in physics at the 
University of Washington, and 
his daughter, Linda, is a comput¬ 
er programmer and lives in San 
Francisco. 

Stuart Sloame has co-authored 
an article entitled "Paying for En¬ 
terprise Zones," which recom¬ 
mends using tax codes and mutu¬ 
al funds to encourage capital in¬ 
vestment in depressed areas. The 
article and excerpts have ap¬ 
peared in the Christian Science 
Monitor, Forbes, and the San Diego 















40 



The ultimate fan: Robert Kraft '63 (center) scored a touchdown when he became the new owner of the New England 
Patriots football team on February 25, ending doubts over whether the Pats would remain in Boston by topping offers 
from groups in St. Louis, Baltimore, and Hartford. Mr. Kraft, who owns Foxboro Stadium, the team's home field, pur¬ 
chased the Patriots from former owner James Orthwein for an undisclosed sum rumored to be as much as $170 million, 
the highest in National Football League history; the transaction became official following unanimous approval by NFL 
owners. The team, said Mr. Kraft, a Brookline native, "is really an asset of the community. I look at myself as a trustee 
passing it on to the next generation." 

Off the gridiron, Mr. Kraft is president of both the Rand- Whitney Corp., the largest privately owned packaging com¬ 
pany in the country, and International Forest Products Inc., a major raw materials and paper products concern. He also 
heads Chestnut Hill Management Corp., a money management firm. As an undergraduate, Mr. Kraft was president of 
his class and played on the varsity lightweight football team; as an alumnus, he serves as a University Trustee, a mem¬ 
ber of the College's Board of Visitors, and a member of the Dean's Circle of the John Jay Associates. 

Mr. Kraft is seen here with his wife, Myra, at last fall's Columbia-Harvard game; to their left are University President 
George Rupp and his wife, Nancy. The Krafts have four children, including David '94. 


Union-Tribune. A bill providing 
for this concept has been intro¬ 
duced in the Senate by Connecti¬ 
cut Senator Joseph Lieberman. 

Robert R. Salman has been re¬ 
elected president of the Associa¬ 
tion for a Better New Jersey, Inc. 
Bob lives in Marlboro. 

Charles Wuorinen's new com¬ 
position, "A Winter's Tale," was 
given its first New York perfor¬ 
mance by the Chamber Music So¬ 
ciety of Lincoln Center, which 
presented Dylan Thomas's poem 
as a chamber concerto. 


Ed Pressman 
99 Clent Road 
Great Neck Plaza, N.Y. 
11021 


Sidney P. Kadish 
121 Highland Street 
West Newton, Mass. 
02165 

I recently visited Philadelphia, 
where I met an old roommate, 
Howard Spodek, for dinner. 
Howard presented me with a 
copy of the Temple Times, the stu¬ 
dent newspaper of Temple Uni¬ 
versity, where he is a professor of 
history and associate professor of 
geography and urban studies. 
Gracing the cover was the non¬ 
chalant Howard, just chosen for a 
Great Teacher Award. 

Cal Cohn was recently ap¬ 
pointed clinical professor of psy¬ 
chiatry and human behavior at 
the University of Texas in Galve¬ 
ston. 

Charles E. Miller is a partner in 
the intellectual property law firm 
of Pennie & Edmonds in Manhat¬ 
tan, where he specializes in 
patent litigation and licensing. He 
resides in Queens with his wife 
Frances and their two children. 

Lars-Erik Nelson, a veteran 
Washington correspondent, 
joined Newsday and New York 
Newsday as a Washington colum¬ 
nist. Publisher Robert Johnson, 
announcing the move, called Nel¬ 
son "a nationally recognized ex¬ 
pert on foreign policy, and also an 
astute observer of the Washing¬ 
ton scene from the White House 
to Capitol Hill." Nelson had been 
a columnist and Washington bu¬ 
reau chief for The New York Daily 
News since 1981. That same year, 
he won the Merriam-Smith prize 
for White House coverage. 

Harvey Schneier writes: "After 
20 years of internal medicine 
practice, I have left P&S to join 
Forest Labs, Inc. in New York 
City as an affiliate medical direc¬ 
tor. I will be working with Phil 
Satow, executive v.p. of market¬ 
ing of the firm. I will be supervis¬ 
ing a multicenter trial of a new 
drug for Alzheimer's disease." 


Norman Olch 

233 Broadway 
New York, N.Y. 10279 

First, news from the Homecom¬ 
ing game. In attendance were Bill 
Davis, director of the TB unit for 
homeless men at the Bellevue 
Men's Shelter; Steve Solomon, 
who is helping organize the June 
reunion weekend; Beril Lapson, 
who runs a litigation consulting 
firm; Mike Silverstein, an ortho¬ 
pedic physician and professor of 
surgery in New Jersey; Kevin De- 
Marrais, retired from Columbia 
and working as a reporter on the 
Hackensack (N.J.) Record; 

Howard Jacobson, Deputy Gen¬ 
eral Counsel of the University; 
and Ivan Weissman, on leave 
from the Columbia Journalism 
School. 

There's no room to summarize 
all the questionnaires sent in for 
the reunion weekend in June, but 
here's some news at random: 
Larry Goldman is teaching psy¬ 


chology in Pomona, Calif; Bob 
Horowitz is a lawyer in Madison, 
Wis.; Marshall Meyer will be in 
Manhattan for a year as a visiting 
scholar at the Russell Sage Foun¬ 
dation; Marty Isserlis is tracing 
his family tree and has a data base 
of over 2,000 relatives and ances¬ 
tors going back to the 16th centu¬ 
ry; Elliot Kornberg, a surgeon in 
Cocoa Beach, Fla., holds eight 
patents on medical and non-med¬ 
ical inventions; Allan Eller is as¬ 
sistant provost at SUNY-Bing- 
hamton; Arthur Lew, a psychia¬ 
trist, has two children at Colum¬ 
bia and a reawakened wish "to do 
it all over again;" Daniel Nuss- 
baum is a cost analyst with the 
federal government; Doug In¬ 
gram has been elected editor of 
the American Journal of Psycho¬ 
analysis; Steven Rosenfeld is a 
law firm partner and past presi¬ 
dent of the Legal Aid Society in 
New York City; Adam Schesch 
married last June and is a re¬ 


search analyst in Nladison, Wis.; 
Arthur Goldberg is planning to 
open a vegetarian food store in 
Brooklyn; Bill Gussman is direc¬ 
tor of retail sales information for 
Coca-Cola in Atlanta; Joel 
Susskind is senior research scien¬ 
tist for meteorological satellites at 
NASA's Goddard Space Flight 
Center in Maryland; A1 Reff is an 
orthopedic surgeon and hospital 
chief of staff in Redondo Beach, 
Calif.; Robert Greenberg is asso¬ 
ciate dean at Temple University 
and author of a new book on 
Emerson, Melville, Whitman, and 
Dickinson; Gershen Kaufman is 
a professor at Michigan State Uni¬ 
versity in East Lansing; Barr For¬ 
man is a physician and associate 
clinical professor at Yale Medical 
School; and Joe Drew reports a 
square in an Israeli kibbutz was 
named in his honor. 

More in the next issue. 

I am sad to report the death in 
October of Bill Roy, an attorney 

















Columbia College Today 


41 


and for 15 years the Village Jus¬ 
tice for Irvington, N.Y. Bill rowed 
for the varsity heavyweight crew; 
and I recall a kind, friendly per¬ 
son who paid frequent visits to 
my roommate, the late Jack Lip- 
son, the heavyweight coxswain. 
Bill came from a family with 
strong ties to Columbia: his 
grandfather, father, brother, and 
two uncles attended the College. 


Leonard B. Pack 

300 Riverside Drive, 

Apt. 10A 

New York, N.Y. 10025 
Dr. Kenneth J. De Woskin, chair 
and professor of Asian studies at 
the University of Michigan, wrote 
a recent New York Times article on 
newly published findings con¬ 
cerning 64 Bronze Age bells 
found in the excavated tomb of a 
Chinese ruler from the 5th centu¬ 
ry B.C. Ken's article said that the 
way the bells were cast sheds new 
light on the political power and 
prodigious wealth needed to ob¬ 
tain the bronze, to transport it, 
and to maintain the workshops 
and foundries needed to create 
the bells. 

Dr. Laurance Guido dropped 
me a line recently, noting "how 
forlorn and lonely" this column 
can be sometimes. More of you 
should emulate Larry and write 
to me with news of yourselves! 
Larry reports that in the first part 
of 1993 he was a member of the 
Committee to Strengthen Ameri¬ 
ca, a bipartisan committee chaired 
by Senators Nunn and Domenici 
to advise the Task Force on 
Health Care Reform. Larry notes 
that he was the only physician ap¬ 
pointed in his sub-group: "The 
rest were... you guessed it: 
lawyers." Then in September, 
Larry sustained a major and life- 
threatening illness, underwent 
major emergency surgery, and 
now, after about 29 years of in¬ 
volvement in medicine, he has 
taken early retirement from the 
practice of neurosurgery. Says 
Larry, "Perhaps, now I can pur¬ 
sue other interests—like getting 
to know my family, and getting to 
know myself." 

David Lieberman writes from 
Sterling, Scotland, that a second 
edition of his psychology text, 
Learning: Behavior and Cognition, 
has just been published by 
Brooks/Cole. 

Believe it or not, preparations 
for our class's 30th reunion in 
May 1995 are already under way. 
You'll be hearing soon from your 
class organizers. Meanwhile, 
keep those cards and notes com¬ 
ing! 



Mark M. Weinstein '64 is now 

senior vice president for govern¬ 
ment affairs of Viacom Internation¬ 
al in New York, where he is respon¬ 
sible for directing all public policy 
issues concerning Viacom and its 
divisions, including the company's 
advocacy of legislative and regula¬ 
tory matters before Congress and 
the Federal Communications Com¬ 
mission. Mr. Weinstein is also a 
member of Viacom's operations 
committee and serves on the board 
of directors of Lifetime, a basic cable 
television network, which Viacom 
owns jointly with Hearst/ABC 
Video Services. A graduate of the 
University of Pennsylvania Law 
School, Mr. Weinstein was associ¬ 
ated with the New York law firm of 
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & 
Garrison from 1968 to 1976, when 
he was named deputy general coun¬ 
sel for Warner Communications. He 
joined Viacom as vice president and 
general counsel in 1986 and was 
promoted to his current position 
last year. 

Mr. Weinstein lives on Manhat¬ 
tan's Upper East Side with his wife, 
Peni, an administrator for 
UJA/Federation of Jewish Philan¬ 
thropies. They have two children, 
Samantha, a Tulane graduate, and 
Caleb, a sophomore in the College. 
Mr. Weinstein is a benefactor of the 
John Jay Associates and a co-chair¬ 
man of the Class of 1964 30th Re¬ 
union fund committee. 


Stuart M Berkman 

24 Mooregate Square, 
N.W. 

Atlanta, Ga. 30327 
Charles Lieppe reports that Pat 
and he are continuing to get used 
to Nashville, Tenn. He invites 
anyone passing through Music 
City to give him a call. 

From London, Roger Low 
writes that he and his family, in¬ 
cluding wife Helen Bryan B'67, 
have lived in the British capital 




for more than 21 years. His 
marathon times are slowing 
down, but he still has most of his 
hair, teeth, and limbs. 

As professor of medicine and 
chief of cardiology at the Univer¬ 
sity of Vermont, Martin Le Win¬ 
ter has recently published a book 
on heart failure. He and his wife 
Barbara have three daughters, 
two in college and one graduated, 
and live in South Burlington, Vt. 

Steven Weinstein, of Corona 
Del Mar, Calif., is associate clini¬ 
cal professor of pediatrics, divi¬ 
sion of allergy and immunology 
at the University of California at 
Irvine. He has recently been elect¬ 
ed president of the Western Soci¬ 
ety of Allergy and Immunology. 


67 


Kenneth L. Haydock 

1500 Chicago Avenue, 
#417 

Evanston, Ill. 60201 


68 


Ken Tomecki 

2983 Brighton Road 
Shaker Heights, Ohio 
44120 


The holiday season and the new 
year came uneventfully. A few 
greetings from the subjectively 
frigid North Coast, where the 
Browns are still an embarassment 
and the Indians are simply 
pathetic- 

Jim Hodos is "still alive" in 
Carson City, Nev., "but suffering 
under the new Clinton tax 
changes." Nostalgia fix—does he 
remember the trip to the Bahamas 
with Stras and the drive back 
from Florida? Ah ... good memo¬ 
ries. 

Phil Mandelker, in a letter to 
Jim (?) dated August 1993 which I 
received from CCT (probably via 
in-laws and other third parties), 
writes that he joined the law firm 
of Haim Samet in Tel Aviv, Israel. 
Phil invited Jim to visit; others 
should clear it with Phil first (tel.: 
972-3-5607111). 

Steve Mamikonian, a.k.a. the 
Tsar from St. Petersburg, sent sea¬ 
son's greetings from Carol 
Stream, Ill., and admitted that he 
was the cryptic businessman from 
Russia reported in the last issue. 
Thanks, Steve: I appreciated the 
card and the follow-up informa¬ 
tion. You were the only one to 
write to me directly. 

Bob Pszczolkowski did not 
send an Xmas card, but did write 
to ask if "anyone know(s) where 
Skip Zilla is?" If anyone does, 
write to Bob: 470 Bay Village 
Drive, Irondequoit, N.Y. 14609. 

Where is Bob Straskulic? 

Why? 

Regards and best wishes for 
1994 to everyone who helps to 
keep this column alive. 


69 


Michael Oberman 

Kramer, Levin, 
Naftalis, Nessen, 
Kamin & Frankel 
919 Third Avenue 
New York, N.Y. 10022 


Planning continues for our 25th 
reunion, scheduled for June 3-5. 
You will be receiving, by mail, de¬ 
tails on the specific events. Based 
on preliminary responses, we an¬ 
ticipate a very good turnout and a 
very successful reunion. Please 
join us. 

In connection with the reunion, 
we hope to prepare a directory in¬ 
corporating the information on 
the reunion questionnaires. As a 
preview, I share some job changes 
that were reported in the ques¬ 
tionnaires, plus one letter re¬ 
ceived in the mail. 

Richard Ference advises that 
after nine years as a CPA/banker 
working for Citibank in New 
York and Zurich, he successfully 
created a "three-star" restaurant 
in Greenwich, Conn. Then, after 
nine great years in the food ser¬ 
vice industries, he returned to 
banking. Richard is currently vice 
president of Bank of Tokyo Trust 
Company. He adds that he is 
"still in search of a significant 
other!" 

John Herbert is pleased to an¬ 
nounce his return to Columbia. In 
July, he became director of anes¬ 
thesiology at the University-affili¬ 
ated Harlem Hospital Center. 

After 14 years of private prac¬ 
tice in oncology in Boca Raton, 
Fla., Steven Valenstein sold his 
practice and became medical di¬ 
rector of a newly formed home in¬ 
fusion company in Beverly Hills. 
Steve and his family have relocat¬ 
ed to Los Angeles. 

Peter Rugg also reports a relo¬ 
cation. After 23 years at J. P. Mor¬ 
gan in New York, Peter has 
moved to Dallas where he is now 
chief financial officer of Triton 
Energy Corp. 

David Parshall has recently 
joined Dolphin Management for 
the purpose of expanding an asset 
management business specializ¬ 
ing in very small U. S. publicly 
traded companies. David came to 
Dolphin following 20 years with 
much larger firms, including 
Lehman Bros, and Blackstone. 

George Dent reports that he 
and his family have moved to a 
Cleveland suburb. He now teach¬ 
es at Case Western Reserve Law 
School and writes on corporate 
law, and law and religion. 

Stephen Donaldson (a.k.a. 
Robert A. Martin) wrote me a let¬ 
ter to describe some of his efforts 
as president of Stop Prisoner 
Rape. The Prisoner Rape Education 
Project report was published in 
August 1993 by Safer Society 










42 


Haruo Shirane '74, Professor of Japanese Literature, was recently awarded 
the 1992 Kadokawa Genyoshi Prize for the outstanding Japanese literary 
study published in Japan. The prize honored a translation of his work, The 
Bridge of Dreams: A Poetics of the Tale of Genji. The award, which car¬ 
ries a $10,000 honorarium, is named for the founder of Kadokawa Publish¬ 
ing House, known for its publication of fine literature. 

Professor Shirane, who chairs the College's Committee on the Core Cur¬ 
riculum and serves as acting chairman of Columbia's department of East 
Asian Languages and Cultures, notes, "The Tale of Genji is important be¬ 
cause it is generally considered to be the world's first novel and anticipates 
the novel in the West by 500 years." The 11th-century work by Murasaki 
Shikibu is read as a major text in the College's popular Asian Humanities 
course, which Professor Shirane took as an undergraduate and now teaches. 
"It is the Asian equivalent of Lit Hum and C.C. combined, and has become 
an important model for non-Western general education," he says. 


Press, a national project of the 
New York State Council of 
Churches. On December 29,1993, 
The New York Times published 
Stephen's op-ed piece entitled 
"The Rape Crisis Behind Bars." 

He also helped an attorney pre¬ 
pare an amicus curiae brief on be¬ 
half of Stop Prisoner Rape for a 
United States Supreme Court case 
(Farmer v. Brennan) which ad¬ 
dresses the Eighth Amendment 
"deliberate indifference" stan¬ 
dard for imposing liability on 
prison officials for unsafe prison 
conditions. 

Please watch the mail for re¬ 
union information, and try to 
save June 3-5. 


Peter N. Stevens 

12 West 96 th Street, 2 A 
New York, N.Y. 10025 

Broadway notes: A1 Bergeret, 
conductor and director of the 
New York Gilbert and Sullivan 
Players, brought The Pirates of 
Penzance to the Symphony Space 
Theatre to rave reviews. The New 
York Newsday theater critic called 
it "one of the most joyous perfor¬ 
mances it has been my privilege 
to witness." Jonathan Beard, who 
has never lived more than 20 
blocks from Columbia, is a free¬ 
lance science writer. He is seeking 
classmates/researchers who 
would like to have their work re¬ 
ported in New Scientist or Popular 
Scientist. Jonathan, take note: 

V&T now delivers. This corre¬ 
spondent, who also has never left 
the West Side, was recently made 
a vice president-legal at Bristol- 
Myers. 

Faris Bouhafa writes that he is 
now president of the publishing 
company Flies on the Wall, Inc., 
and recently published the best¬ 
seller, The Single Woman's Guide to 
the Available Men of Washington. 
Oscar Jaeger is a lawyer living in 
Brooklyn, where he is a solo prac¬ 
titioner specializing in immigra¬ 
tion matters. Dan Feldman con¬ 
tinues to serve in the New York 
State Assembly, a position he has 
held since 1981. Roland Johnson 
writes proudly and anciently that 
his daughter, Jennifer, is now a 
sophomore at the College. She is 
the third generation of Johnsons; 
Grandfather Winston Johnson 
was a member of the Class of 
1934. (No more Rose Bowl stories, 
please!) Mike Bradley now runs 
the Maple House Bed and Break¬ 
fast, an inn in Rowe, Mass., a 
hamlet in rural northern Massa¬ 
chusetts. The place sounds terrif¬ 
ic. Mike would love to be your 
host. Give Mike a call at (413) 339- 
0107. (Old roomies and Betas get 
free advertising.) Other news 
from Massachusetts: Geoffrey 
Zucker is a gastroenterologist 


and liver disease specialist prac¬ 
ticing in Northampton, Mass. He 
is chairman of the Western Mass¬ 
achusetts Columbia College 
Alumni Association, and is active 
in recruiting. 

Wish I didn't include it in my 
class notes department: "I have 
now become a Hoosier!" writes 
Frank Motley. I guess that 20 
years in Bloomington has taken 
its toll. But I also guess that Frank 
will be called upon to explain this 
hopefully momentary outburst at 
our 25th reunion next year. More 
on our reunion next time. 


Jim Shaw 

139 North 22nd Street 
Philadelphia, Pa. 19103 

Gary Rotenberg left Smith Bar¬ 
ney to join NatWest Markets as 
managing director of the utility 
investment banking group. 

Richard Fuhrman has joined 
Frank Crystal & Co. as senior vice 
president, commercial insurance 
group. 

Jonathan Greenberg writes: "I 
have relocated my practice of 
neurological surgery from Miami, 
where I was an assistant profes¬ 
sor at the University of Miami 
School of Medicine, to Orlando, 
Fla., where I am presently in pri¬ 
vate practice and a member of the 
surgical teaching faculty at Orlan¬ 
do Regional Healthcare Systems. I 
am editor of the neurosurgical 
text. The Handbook of Spine and 
Head Trauma, published in July 
1993 by Marcel Dekker, Inc." 

Ed Kaniewski writes: "Hail, 
Columbia—over two decades 
since our class graduated and 
tried to change the world! Vivid 
memories returned when I saw a 
headline saying 'Free Radicals!' 
Alas, it was about vitamins ... A, 
C, and E." 


Paul S. Appelbaum 

100 Berkshire Road 
Newton, Mass. 02160 

Moving around is the theme for 
this column: we seem to be at the 
stage of life where many of us are 
doing it. 

A case in point is John C. Mok, 
who relocated last September to 
Hong Kong, along with his wife 
Q'en and two boys. John, who 
had previously worked in airport 
planning for the Port Authority of 
NY/NJ, was appointed head of 
strategic planning for the Hong 
Kong Provisional Airport Au¬ 
thority. He is responsible for the 
design, construction, and opera¬ 
tion of the city's new airport. 

Philip Bunnel is also on the 
move, from a career in sales to 
teaching in the public elementary 
schools in Los Angeles. He lives 
in Long Beach, "for now," with 


his wife, Karen. 

Two of our attorneys have 
made a move to new law firms as 
well. James J. Sabella, formerly 
of Breed, Abbott and Morgan, has 
become a partner in the New 
York office of Bryan Cave, a large 
firm headquartered in St. Louis. 
Before entering the world of cor¬ 
porate law in 1983, he was an As¬ 
sistant U.S. Attorney for the 
Southern District of New York, 
civil division. 

On the move? Drop me a line 
so I can let your classmates know 
about it. 


Barry Etra 

326 McKinley Avenue 
New Haven, Conn. 
06515 

Twenty years out we are, and 
they have been fast and flurryous; 
it doesn't seem like yesterday, but 
certainly not a score of years. If I 
didn't know I was 41,1 would 
imagine myself 28 or so; hope we 
all still do. 

James Minter writes of John 
Chan and the redoubtable Audry 
Leung B'75, who, on 3/31/93, be¬ 
came the parents of Anami Chan, 
now known as "The Heiress." 





















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43 


Jeem, better known for his work 
in the admissions office, further 
states that various C.U. "aunts" 
and "uncles" are keeping Anami 
well-stocked with baby-blue 
paraphernalia. 

Bill Ingwall is teaching high 
school French in Pima, Ariz.; he 
also teaches a Latin course. Saw 
Tom Rago at the Volvo Tennis 
Tournament in New Haven— 
looked well: he's an M.D. in Con¬ 
necticut. And there's hamburger 
all over the highway in Mystic. 

Enough of my musings and 
newsings. Write; 'twon't be 
wrong or indiff'rent. 


Fred Bremer 

532 West 111th Street 
New York, N.Y. 10025 

Back in the heat of August, the 
Alumni Office sent out our 20th 
reunion questionnaire. By early 
November, over one-quarter of 
the class had already responded 
—with 87 classmates indicating 
that they planned to attend and 
16 declining the opportunity. It 
looks like we could break all Co¬ 
lumbia records on reunion atten¬ 
dance! 

The same result was clear from 
the strong showing at the reunion 
kick-off meeting at Columbia's 
new midtown center. The Class of 
'74's November gathering was 
the first official alumni gathering 
atop the 51-story art deco master¬ 
piece at 51st Street and Lexington 
Avenue that was recently donat¬ 
ed to Columbia by General Elec¬ 
tric. Seventeen classmates showed 
up to volunteer their time to plan 
the reunion activities—including 
a number of classmates who had 
never attended a reunion. Keep 
your eyes open for details of the 
June 3-5 event. 

Attending the reunion kick-off 
were representatives from the law 
(Frank Bruno, Kent Cheng, J-P 
Van Lent, Dan Dolgin, Rob 
Knapp, Dewey Cole, among oth¬ 
ers), medicine (Larry Stam), re¬ 
tailing (Marcos "Tony" Delga¬ 
do), the "art community" (Daryl 
Chin and Garrett Johnson), and 
the financial world (Kevin Ward, 
George Van Amson, and myself). 
My apologies to those I have ob- 
. viously missed—too many 
months have passed to recall 
everyone. 

The Class of '74 mourns the 
passing of Eugene Santomasso, 
the popular professor of architec¬ 
ture who attended our 15th re¬ 
union. A group of classmates 
staged an impromptu memorial 
dinner last February. Exchanging 
stories of Gene's classroom antics 
and inspiration were Jeff Rose- 
can, Bob Adler, Isaac Palmer, 
Andy Ansorge E'74, and myself. 


Many of the class will fondly re¬ 
member Gene for his ability to in¬ 
still a love for architecture that 
lives on. 

At the memorial dinner talk 
gradually turned to friends from 
our days at Columbia. We 
learned that Nathan Auslander is 
in corporate relocation out in 
Chicago, Bill Meehan is still in 
San Francisco at McKinsey & Co., 
and that Leon Wieseltier has 
been seen frequently with Ted 
Koppel on Night Line. There were 
several requests to hear from 
Nancy Graham B'74 as well as 
hopes that the class will invite all 
Barnard and Engineering classes 
of '73-75 to the reunion (we are 
working on it). 

In my sparse mailbag (hint) 
was a letter from Vic Fortuno 
who passed on the news that he 
was recently remarried to Vicki 
Ann, and his youngest son, Victor 
(the 3rd), served as best man! Vic 
is the general counsel of the Legal 
Services Corporation in Washing¬ 
ton, D.C., and lives in Springfield, 
Va. 

I look forward to seeing you 
and your family at the grand 20th 
reunion in June! 


George Robinson 

282 Cabrini Blvd., #4D 
New York, N.Y. 10040 


David Merzel 

3152 North Millbrook 
Suite D 

Fresno, Calif. 93703 

Robert Watson of Winter Park, 
Fla. has moved back to central 
Florida with his family. By the 
time this is published, he and his 
wife will have had their first 
child, Allie Katherine. Along with 
the new family, came a new ca¬ 
reer. He has bought a manufac¬ 
turing company that builds 17- 
foot center-console fishing boats. 
"All alumni are welcome to visit 
the factory." Please call at (407) 
323-2565. 

David Leahy, Washington, 
D.C., recently became a partner 
in the law firm of Sullivan & 
Worcester of Boston. He is a resi¬ 
dent in the firm's Washington, 
D.C. office where he specializes in 
securities law. Specifically his ex¬ 
pertise is in investment company, 
investment advisor and broker/ 
dealer regulation. He and wife 
Mary Evans have two sons. Harp¬ 
er, 3, and Lincoln, 5 months. 

That's all from the '76ers this 
time. Please keep in touch by 
dropping the alumni office or me 
a note and start thinking of our 
20th reunion. 


Jeffrey Gross 

11 Grace Avenue, 
Room 201 

Great Neck, N.Y. 11021 


Matthew Nemerson 
35 Huntington Street 
New Haven, Conn. 
06511 


Lyle Steele 

511 East 73rd Street, 
Suite 7 

New York, N.Y. 10021 

Gregory J. Corrado has been 
named a finalist in the prestigious 
Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwrit¬ 
ing by the National Academy of 
Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. 
He currently owns Moochie's 
Bistro in beautiful downtown Jer¬ 
sey City. He also serves as a se¬ 
nior aide to Jersey City mayor 
Bret Schundler. 

Thomas M. Kelly has been 
named a partner in Debevoise & 
Plimpton, the international law 
firm. Tom concentrates in merg¬ 
ers and acquisitions of insurance 
companies, public offerings and 
other capital raising by insurers, 
and insurance and bank regulato¬ 
ry matters. 

Fernando Koatz is a partner in 
the law firm of Gleason and 
Koatz. The company has an inter¬ 
national practice with offices in 
Paris and Copenhagen. 

The first week of June we will 
hold our 15 th class reunion on 
campus. We're looking for a good 
turnout, so please put it on your 
calendar. For additional details 
contact Betty Tseng or Allan 
Bahrs at the Office of Alumni Af¬ 
fairs at (212) 870-2288. 


Craig Lesser 

160 West End Ave., 

#18F 

New York, N.Y. 10023 

Carlos G. Forcade is a radiologist 
and married with two children. 
Dennis Costakos writes in from 
La Crosse, Wis., where he lives on 
a 13-acre farm with wife Anne, 
and daughter Chloe. Dennis is the 
medical director of the St. Francis 
(Mayo) Neonatal Intensive Care 
Unit. Jon Olson has entered the 
Master of Public Health program 
at the University of Massachu¬ 
setts in Amherst, where he is 
studying epidemiology. 

Michael McNamara became a 
partner at the New York law firm 
of Seward & Kissel in July 1993. 
Mike works in all types of civil lit¬ 
igation with recent emphasis on 
employment discrimination 
cases. Mike's wife, Maryellen, is 









an associate professor of market¬ 
ing at Nassau Community Col¬ 
lege. They have two children, 
Christopher, 8, and Megan, 5. 


81 

82 


Ed Klees 

400 East 70th Street 
New York, N.Y. 10021 


Robert W. Passloff 

146 High Street 
Taunton, Mass. 02780 


Thanks for your nice response to 
my request for news. Michael Ra- 
digan married the former Clare 
McAuley on 1988 and their 
daughter, Caroline Marie, was 
born on December 4,1993. Mike 
is already saving for her Colum¬ 
bia education and reports, "de¬ 
spite massive sleep deprivation, 
we're thrilled." After being grad¬ 
uated from Columbia Law in 
1985, Mike was associated with 
the firm of Reid & Priest, and 
since 1988 he has been in the law 
department of Metropolitan Life 
Insurance Company in Manhat¬ 
tan. He specializes in labor and 
employment law and litigation, 
and reviews books for Kirkus Re¬ 
views and The New York Law Jour¬ 
nal. He also noted: Mike Tubridy, 
a fellow Kirkus contributor, is an 
assistant librarian and a writer 
with the International Council of 
Shopping Centers in New York 
and is working on a master's de¬ 
gree in library science at the Pratt 
Institute. Frank Scheck has been 
publisher and editor of Stages, the 
monthly theater review, and cov¬ 
ers shows on and off the Great 
White Way as the Christian Science 
Monitor's New York-based drama 
critic and as a reviewer for the 
Hollywood Reporter. Jim Connolly 
is a reporter for National Under¬ 
writer, the insurance industry 
magazine. After a brilliant career 
at Fortune magazine, Fred 
Katayama has put down the pen 
and taken up the microphone as a 
reporter with NHK, Japan's main 
broadcasting network. Jeff Wein- 
gart received his law degree from 
St. John's University and is an as¬ 
sociate with the New York law 
firm of Brown, Raysman, and 
Millstein. James Geoly is a Uni¬ 
versity of Chicago law school 
graduate. After working in Cali¬ 
fornia, where he endured the 
quake of '89, Jim moved back to 
Chicago to become a litigator 
with the firm of Meyer, Brown & 
Platt, concentrating on issues of 
religion and the law. Jim and his 
wife, Vilia Dedinas, have one son, 
Alex, who was born on October 
17,1991. Karl S. Okamoto has 
been appointed associate profes¬ 
sor at the Rutgers University 
School of Law at Camden. Karl 















Robert Lugo 


44 



Jose Luis Morin '80, an interna¬ 
tional human rights activist and 
lawyer, was recently named execu¬ 
tive director of the North Star 
Fund, a New York-based foundation 
that supports projects for social 
change. Mr. Morin, a graduate 
of NYU Law School, was formerly 
a staff attorney at the Center for 
Constitutional Rights, where he 
challenged the 1989 U.S. military 
invasion of Panama; he was later 
featured in the Academy Award¬ 
winning documentary The Pana¬ 
ma Deception. He has also opposed 
the 1991 Gulf War, the ongoing 
U.S. blockade of Cuba, and human 
rights abuses in Haiti. A founder 
and director of the Latino Rights 
Project, Mr. Morin has been active 
with the Puerto Rican Legal Defense 
and Education Fund and communi¬ 
ty organizations such as the Betances 
Health Unit on New York's Lower 
East Side. 


earned his J.D. from Columbia's 
Law School in 1985 and then 
worked as a corporate attorney 
for two firms, including Dechart 
Price & Rhodes in Philadelphia, 
where his wife, Tecla Borick, also 
practiced law. Tecla is now an ele¬ 
mentary school teacher. 

Andrew Friedman is in Mexico 
City working for the Vector Casa 
de Bolsa for the next few years. 


Andrew Botti 

161 South Street, #1R 
Jamaica Plain, Mass. 
02130 


Jim Wangsness 

341 Morris Avenue 
Mountain Lakes, N.J. 
07046 

The 10th year reunion weekend is 
right around the corner (June 3-5, 
1994). Reunion weekend will fea¬ 
ture a wide array of events, in¬ 
cluding a barbecue on South 
Lawn and class cocktails and din¬ 


ner in Faculty House, all for the 
price of $125 per person. For in¬ 
formation, feel free to call Dawn 
Adelson '88 at (212) 870-2744. Al¬ 
ternatively, feel free to call me at 
work (212) 626-6537 or home 
(201) 331-0002 for more informa¬ 
tion. 

Because of space limitations. I'll 
keep this to a minimum. Chip 
Trayner is in the middle of a pul¬ 
monary/ critical care fellowship 
at a Tufts-affiliated hospital in 
Boston. Steven Abell is an assis¬ 
tant professor of psychology at 
Marquette University in Milwau¬ 
kee. Lee Armus is a postdoctoral 
research fellow in astrophysics at 
Cal Tech. Stuart Strickland is an 
assistant professor of history at 
Northwestern. Daniel Berick is 
an attorney in his home town of 
Cleveland. Andrew Braceras 
spent five years in the Peace 
Corps in Botswana and then at¬ 
tended the University of Maine 
Law School. He's now on a two- 
year bicycle trip around the 
world with his wife. Dan Davis is 
a v.p. at Bear Stearns, where he 
trades fixed income. Mike Gold¬ 
man is an assistant D.A. in Du¬ 
rango, Colo. Fred Griffith is a re¬ 
porter/ anchor/producer at 
WLUK-TV in Green Bay, Wis. 
Peter Rogers is a graduate stu¬ 
dent of African history at the Uni¬ 
versity of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Joe Shams is an instructor in the 
field of interventional radiology 
at Yale New Haven Hospital. 
William Kruger is an anesthesiol¬ 
ogist at Brookhaven Memorial 
Hospital. Robert Leb is an or¬ 
thopaedic surgeon in Cleveland. 
William Maxwell is teaching in 
the English department at the 
University of Geneva, Switzer¬ 
land. Jeff Rapson is a teacher at 
Berkeley High School, Calif. 


Richard Froehlich 

357 West 29th Street, 
Apt. 2B 

New York, N.Y. 10001 


Everett Weinberger 

240 E. 76th Street, #7V 
New York, N.Y. 10021 
Happy 1994! Please note my 
change of address. Caught up 
with Steve Trevor, famed Colum¬ 
bia fencer. He recently got mar¬ 
ried on Chappaquiddick Island to 
Ronnie Planalp. After competing 
in his second Olympics in 1988 in 
Seoul, he worked for the Time 
Warner magazine group, ending 
up in Hong Kong as business 
manager of Fortune. After return¬ 
ing to the States for a quick MBA 
at Harvard, Steve joined Gold¬ 
man Sachs in New York, where 


he is now an associate in their en¬ 
ergy group. 

Got a nice letter from Michael 
Parent in Krakow, Poland. Mike 
worked at Chemical Bank for five 
years following graduation, and 
then got an MBA at the Universi¬ 
ty of North Carolina in Chapel 
Hill. Following B-school, he 
joined the MBA Enterprise Corps, 
a Peace Corps of sorts for the 
MBA set. He was assigned to 
Krakow, where he's working as a 
consultant to the First Polish 
American Bank, a newly estab¬ 
lished commercial bank. Mike 
writes, "I would love to know of 
any other Columbia alums in 
Poland. I also welcome visitors to 
get in touch if they should find 
themselves in town (Krakow, that 
is)." His address: First Polish 
American Bank, Ulica Kordylew- 
skiego 11/308,31-547 Krakow, 
Poland. His phone number: (011- 
48-12) 22-29-42. 

I got some good updates from 
Dave Lebowitz. Bryan Steinberg 
continues his residency at NYU 
and is engaged to be married next 
fall to Ilene Feldman. Dave also 
told me that Stef Zielezienski 
was married this past January to 
Toni Conzo in Plantation, Fla. In 
addition to Dave, other '86ers in 
attendance were Scott Yagoda, 
Les Hollo, Jim Hogan and Lea 
Pavetti Hogan B'86. Stef works 
for the law firm of Wiley, Rein & 
Felding in Washington, D.C. In 
Dave's words, "Before the wed¬ 
ding, Stef and I were able to get in 
a couple of rounds of golf, and I 
am happy to report that there 
were no serious injuries, except 
for the side of the red house off of 
the 14th fairway which I hit with 
my tee shot..." 

That's all for now. Start think¬ 
ing of creative ways to celebrate 
your 30th birthdays. 


Elizabeth Schwartz 

3099M Colonial Way 
Chamblee, Ga. 30341 
It's an all-weddings edition of the 
Class of 1987 column. 

Marty Schreiber and Nancy 
Kowder '88 were married in Oc¬ 
tober 1993 and live in Nashville, 
Tenn. Marty is clerking for a fed¬ 
eral district court judge and 
Nancy is a small-animal veteri¬ 
narian. 

Jill Keller Mitchell is also a 
newlywed. Jill received her law 
degree from Willamette Universi¬ 
ty in 1990 and now is an assistant 
attorney general for the state of 
Washington. She and her hus¬ 
band Kurt Mitchell—who is also 
a lawyer—were married in Octo¬ 
ber 1993. They live in East We¬ 
natchee, Wash. 

Elizabeth Leicester married 
Peregrine Beckman '84 in July 


1993, in Santa Cruz, Calif. She re¬ 
ceived her master's in East Asian 
studies from Stanford the same 
year and is now working on her 
Ph.D. in Japanese history at 
UCLA, studying the history of 
prostitution during the Edo peri¬ 
od in the 17th century. 

Congratulations! 


George Gianfrancisco 

Columbia College 
Today 

475 Riverside Drive 
Suite 917 

New York, N.Y. 10115 

Ah, spring. Or whenever you will 
read this column. I hope that the 
weather is warm, but if there's a 
chill in the air, fear not. I will re¬ 
count for you a tale to warm your 
heart. 

On December 18,1 brought my¬ 
self to Dayton, Ohio for the wed¬ 
ding of former Lion center and 
EX president John Miller. John 
wed Christine Tomallo on a clear 
afternoon in a beautiful church. In 
the groom's wedding party was 
ex-Lion football captain Mike 
Bissinger, looking dapper in a 
tux. And after the big night we all 
had before the ceremony, proper¬ 
ly buttoned. I'm proud to say. 

Along with myself, attending 
were most of 1988's football re¬ 
cruiting class, a.k.a. the class that 
time forgot. 

The much-maligned Drew 
Krause, who is now practicing 
law in N.J. (as does Captain Biss), 
attended. Nick Leone zipped in 
on the Concorde to catch the nup¬ 
tials, then had to jet back to his 
office at Salomon Bros., where he 
writes high-yield bonds. Who 
says the go-go 80's are gone? 

New homeowner David Putelo 
left his wife back in N.J., hoping 
to fully recreate the good ole days 
of beer-drinking with the boys. 

He succeeded. In fact, the last 
time I ate Taco Bell at 4 a.m. was 
with Dave. 

Mike Lavelle took time out of 
his busy schedule with Anderson 
Consulting to drive in from 
Columbus. Mike's wife came 
with, so we didn't see much of 
him. Dure Savini drove down 
from Chicago, conveniently pro¬ 
viding transportation for myself 
back to my home town. 

Dure, consider this a public 
apology for not dragging you 
away from the drudgery of high- 
tech banking for lunch. To add a 
touch of reason to the group, 
George Stone '87 attended and, 
with Drew, did a sterling job of 
the mass readings. 

John and Christine are living in 
Scotland now. John is working his 
way up the corporate ladder at 
NCR's ATM plant there and 
probably spending a lot of time at 























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45 



Alison J. Taylor '86 (right), an attorney with the Buffalo, N.Y. law firm of 
Taylor and Mikan, was this year's recipient of the Alumna Achievement Award 
given by Columbia College Women, the alumnae organization. An award re¬ 
ception was held at Faculty House on February 24; the keynote speaker was 
Linda Fairstein (left), chief of the sex crimes prosecution unit of the New York 
County District Attorney's Office. 

Ms. Taylor is one of the College's most ancient alumnae, having transferred 
from Barnard into the last College class to have been admitted all-male. A 1989 
graduate of the Law School, she wrote for the Human Rights Law Review. 
Following corporate practice in New York City she settled in Buffalo; she was 
with the Erie County Bar Association's Volunteer Lawyer's Project before es¬ 
tablishing the firm that bears her name. 

Ms. Taylor devotes much of her time to pro bono cases; in recognition of this 
service, she received the 1992 New York State Bar Association President's Pro 
Bono Service Award. Outside of the office, she volunteers at a shelter for bat¬ 
tered women and serves as the youngest member of the College's Board of Visi¬ 
tors. "I have confidence that future Alumna Achievement Awards will go to 
people with abilities far beyond mine —so I'm glad I got it early," she joked to 
the audience. 


St. Andrew's with the ole Billy 
Baroo. I wish them peace, joy, 
love, and great success in their 
life together. 


Alix Pustilnik 

1175 Park Avenue 
New York, N.Y. 10128 


Ijeoma Acholonu 

Columbia College 
Today 

475 Riverside Drive 
Suite 917 

New York, N.Y. 10115 


Robert Hardt Jr. 

36 Font Grove Road 
Slingerlands, N.Y. 
12159 


Jeremy Feinberg 

535 East 86th Street, 

Apt. 7D 

New York, N.Y. 10028 

Doesn't it seem a little scary that 
by the time you read this, we'll 
have been out of Columbia for 
two years? At this rate our fifth- 
year reunion will be right around 
the corner! Yikes! 

I have some more happy news 
to report: a trio of weddings. 
Donna Myers and Aaron 
Lebovitz were married December 
18, in Bristol, R.I. Dara Lynn 
Weiss '91 was the maid of honor. 
On July 3,1993, Will Marrero 
married Tania Gregory '93 in 
Pittsburgh, where Will is a com¬ 
puter science Ph.D. student at 
Carnegie-Mellon. On July 17, 

1993, Lori Tiatorio married Sam 
Thompson in a beautiful back¬ 
yard wedding in Massachusetts. 
Roberta Bassett was a brides¬ 
maid, and sent me two letters 
with information on our class¬ 
mates. She is living in Palo Alto, 
Calif., working as a tutor and ten¬ 
nis instructor. She is taking time 
off from graduate studies in 
Washington, D.C. 

According to Roberta, Marc 
Rysman is working as an econo¬ 
mist at the Brookings Institute in 
Washington, D.C. Tina Von 
Kessel is living in Germany, 
working on her MBA. Lisa Lim is 
in a joint JD-MBA program at 
Rutgers. Karen Chung is an ad¬ 
missions officer at Colgate Uni¬ 
versity. 

Some pleasant vocational news: 
Alex Oberweger has landed a 
position at ESPN in Bristol, Conn. 
Give the man some time, he'll be 
on Sportscenter. Mike Fisher is 
now working at IBM in Stamford, 
Conn. Bryan Paul is now a 2nd 
lieutenant in the Marines, having 
completed the basic infantry 
course. 


Clay Arnold writes that he is in 
his first year at Boston University 
Law School. He added that Jon 
Dowell and Matthew Grant are 
now living in San Francisco and 
Caitlin Glass is a first-year law 
student at Lewis and Clark. 

Finally, a big thank you to 
Laura Weinfeld, who is a student 
at the University of Miami Law 
School. She reports that Rich 
Bernard and Cary Hall are sec¬ 
ond-year law students there. Rich 
Brosnik and Caren Madorsky are 
first-years at BYU Law. Sarah Sil¬ 
verman is at the USC Business 
School. Amy Smoyer is working 
for Medicaid in Miami. 

A large number of your letters 
asked me what I'm up to, so I'll 
give in and tell you. I'm in my 
second year at Columbia Law and 
am serving as an R.A. in Wallach 
Hall. My book, Reading the Sports 
Page (Macmillan, New York, 


1992), is doing well. As you read 
this, I will be preparing to work at 
two different New York law firms 
over the summer. 

That's all for now. Good luck in 
all your endeavors, and don't be 
strangers. Please? 


Elena Cabral 

235 W. 108th St., #56 
New York, N.Y. 10025 

Last October was our class's first 
Homecoming at Baker Field. 

After searching in vain for a Class 
of '93 table under the tent where I 
might find easy access to column 
material, I found instead a table 
reserved for all "1990's gradu¬ 
ates," which had been filched by 
two suspiciously older-looking 
alumni who were sitting by them¬ 
selves drinking Heinekens. Not 
quite ready for the buffet and the 
band, most of the attendees from 







our class were out tailgating in 
the parking lot. 

Over cheese and crackers, ex- 
CAVA man Alan Cohn shared 
his angst about deciding whether 
or not to go directly to law school. 
Later he called me from Colorado 
to tell me he opted to work for an 
ambulance service at an Aspen 
ski resort. In a brief fit of jealousy, 

I suddenly had the urge to hit 
him over the head with a large 
walkie-talkie. 

Then I received a postcard from 
Cara Buono, who says she has 
been splitting her time between 
New York and Los Angeles be¬ 
cause she was filming a movie 
called The Cowboy Way, in which 
she has the lead female role oppo¬ 
site Woody Harrelson and Kiefer 
Sutherland. Now I am starting to 
feel like Liz Smith. The movie 
should be out this May, Cara 
says, and in the meantime she is 
planning to produce a short film 
of her own. 

Bob Latkany, the ex-R.A. who 
brought you those late-night mu¬ 
sical study breaks that made our 
last semester so enjoyable, writes 
that he is a first-year medical stu¬ 
dent at Boston University. 

Tom Bloom is now reinventing 
government at the Department of 
Energy in Washington, D.C. He is 
an exceptions and appeals analyst 
at the Department's Office of 
Hearings and Appeals. Also in 
Washington, Alan Freeman is 
currently attending law school at 
George Washington University. 

In the nonprofit sector, Chaum- 
toli Huq is working as an advoca¬ 
cy coordinator at an organization 
called Salehi. Focusing on New 
York's South Asian community, 
her program works with battered 
women. Finally, I extend warm 
congratulations to Harley Malter, 
who is engaged to Marnie 
Jakubowski, B'94. Robyn Beth 
Tuerk sent in that announcement. 

So you've all had ample time to 
revel in the peculiar afterglow of 
your four years of Columbia. 

Now spill. I am eager to hear 
about the jobs and marriages and 
travels and other traitorous 
things you've done after gradua¬ 
tion. This is the only chance you'll 
have to be the last word on the 
subject before this column gets 
bumped into the ranks of the rest 
of the once-were's, and another 
class crosses the threshold. Keep 
the news coming. 

o 


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Kirstin Wortman 



















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Alumni Association President James J. Phelan '55 


The Columbia College Alumni Association 
Annual Meeting and Luncheon 
Noon, May 6,1994 
The Pegasus Suite 
30 Rockefeller Plaza, 64th Floor 
New York City 

Special Guests: Trustee Chairman & Mrs. Henry L. King '48 
President & Mrs. George Rupp 

Honored Guests: Provost Jonathan Cole '64 
The University Deans 
The Past Decade of John Jay Associates 


The Board of Directors on the recommendation of the Nominating Committee proposes the following 
nominees for election at the Annual Meeting at 11:00 a.m. in Center Suite A: 


Officers (Two-year term) 

Martin S. Kaplan '61, President 
Carlos R. Munoz '57,1st Vice President 
Phillip M. Satow '63, Vice President and 
Chairman of the College Fund 
Charles J. O'Byrne '81, Vice President 
for Academic Affairs 
Bruce E. Pindyck '67, Vice President 
for Admissions and Financial Aid 
Arthur B. Spector '68, Vice President 
for Student Affairs 

Lee J. Guittar '53, Vice President for Public Relations 
Brian C. Krisberg '81, Vice President for University Affairs 
Gerald Sherwin '55, Vice President 
for Athletics 

Robert A.M. Stern '60, Vice President 

for Campus Facilities and Capital Projects 
Joseph A. Greenaway '78, Secretary 
Lisa Landau '89, Treasurer 

Local Members ( One-year term) 

Brooks J. Klimley '79 
Lawrence A. Kobrin '54 
Sarah B. Wolman '92 
Brian F.X. Murphy '84 

Regional Members (Two-year term) 

Joseph A. Byrd '79 (United Kingdom) 

Allison F. Butts '64 (Maryland) 

Max Carey '69 (Georgia) 

Alan B. Fendrick '54 (Florida) 

Thomas F. Ferguson '74 (California) 

Steven H. Gendler '80 (Pennsylvania) 

Tod H. Hawks '66 (Kansas) 


Robert C. Klapper '79 (Los Angeles) 

Robert V. Klingensmith '66 (California) 
Frederick G. Kushner '70 (New Orleans) 
Robert J. McCool '61 (Virginia) 

Frank Motley '70 (Indiana) 

Michael Aryeh Pucker '83 (Illinois) 

Lee J. Seidler '56 (Florida) 

Robert G. Segel '67 (Boston) 

M. Glenn Vinson, Jr. '67 (San Francisco) 

Local Members (Two-year term) 

Rolando T. Acosta '79 
Lawson F. Bernstein '40 
Bradford R. Higgins '74 
Stephen Jacobs '75 
Marc B. Mazur '81 
Rita Pietropinto '93 
Othon A. Prounis '83 
Arthur G. Rosen '65 
Suzanne L. Waltman '87 
Raymond D. Warner '81 

Student Directors (One-year term) 

Bryonn Bain '95 
Allyson Baker '95 

Faculty Directors (Two-year term) 

Patricia Grieve 
Anthony W. Marx 
Melvin Schwartz '53 

Nominated as Honorary Permanent Members: 
Henry S. Coleman '46 
William E. Oliver '64 


Luncheon cost is $85. Even if you will not attend, please complete this ballot and return it to Ilene Markay- 
Hallack, Columbia College Office of Alumni Affairs and Development, 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 917, 
New York, N.Y. 10115. Telephone (212) 870-2288 for information and reservations. 


PROXY 

The undersigned member of the CCA A hereby irrevocably appoints Brian Krisberg '81, Secretary, and/or 
James T. McMenamin with full power of substitution as his/her place and stead at the Annual Meeting to 
be held Friday, May 6,1994, and any adjournments thereof and revokes any proxy hereto granted for such 
purpose. 

Date:_ Signature:_ 


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47 


Letters 

(continued from page 3) 


being in the armed forces at the time. 

All well and good. 

I entered Columbia in September of 
1941 as a member of the Class of '45, 
but that was to change with the Japan¬ 
ese attack on Pearl Harbor three 
months later. After that, campus life 
and its gentle rhythms disintegrated, at 
first slowly, but within the following 18 
months, very drastically. Fraternity 
functions diminished, many of the 
bright professors were recruited into 
the war effort, the Navy programs took 
over the dormitories, and summer se¬ 
mesters, coupled with an increase in 
the number of classes, permitted the 
rapid accumulation of credit hours. 
Among some of the unfortunate results 
of these disruptions were the fragmen¬ 
tation of the Classes of 1943 through 
1946 and the dissolution of friendships 
and associations which had begun to 
blossom in the first year. 

I, for one, took advantage of the 
summer programs and became eligible 
to graduate in June 1944, but just two 
months prior to that date, doing what 
many others had done, I left Columbia 
for the U.S. Navy, departing with an 
assurance from the University admin¬ 
istration that whatever courses I had 
passed through the middle of that 
spring semester would be considered 
complete and accorded full credit. 

I was in basic training when the 
Class of '44 had its commencement. A 
month later, returning to the campus 
on leave, I was directed to the Regis¬ 
trar's Office to obtain my diploma. In 
that era the place was poorly lit, the 
floor creaked, and, in general, had an 
oppressive air about it. 

Behind a teller-like window stood 
one of the clerks, a woman with a 
countenance that absolutely matched 
her environment. I told her who I was 
and what I had come for. Looking me 
over with a noticeable frown, she 
asked for identification, which I happi¬ 
ly and immediately supplied. Satisfied 
that I was indeed the person I claimed 
to be, she ambled slowly to a desk and 
pulled out a card from a small metal 
container. She quickly returned to the 
window and with a thoroughly mali¬ 
cious smile announced, in a severe 
tone, "Mr. Hamady, you cannot have 


your diploma until you have paid 
$4.20 for an overdue book from the li¬ 
brary." I reached in my uniform pocket 
and paid the miserable fine. Madame 
Defarge now walked to another corner 
in slow, measured steps. She reached 
down into a cardboard box and re¬ 
trieved a rolled sheet of paper 
wrapped in a ribbon, already frayed 
and discolored, and proceeded to 
shove it through the window as if it 
were a rapier. She is probably still 
around somewhere; the Defarges of 
this world do not easily disappear. In 
any event, I yanked my college diplo¬ 
ma from her hand and left as fast as I 
could. 

This was what three difficult years at 
Columbia had come to—hard work by 
my father to pay the tuition, mountains 
of homework, gallons of midnight oil, 
tough, sphincter-relaxing exams, and 
now a diploma exchanged for a paltry 
$4.20! Old Murray was nowhere to be 
seen; there were no printed programs, 
no cap and gown, no ceremonies, no 
congratulations, no circumstances of 
note (much less any pomp), no year¬ 
book, no teachers to thank, no class¬ 
mates with whom to share the mo¬ 
ment, shake hands and exchange ad¬ 
dresses, and, in reality, no class with 
which to have an enduring identity. A 
valuable anchor had been lost for me. 

As for the diploma, it remained un¬ 
wrapped until nine years later when, 
in 1953, my mother presented it to me, 
properly framed, upon the opening of 
my medical practice. When I retired 
two years ago the frame was acciden¬ 
tally dropped, the glass sustaining a 
crack that overlies the Latin inscription 
Quadrigesimo Quarto. It has been left 
there as a fitting reminder of how that 
year went back then and how Colum¬ 
bia has remained in my memories. 

Alfred Hamady '44, M.D. 

Battle Creek, Mich. 

Under 18 need not apply 

"Crashing the gates" [Letters to the Ed¬ 
itor, Fall 1993], which dealt with the 
sometimes unsuccessful attempts of 
students to be admitted to the College 
before the age of 16, prompts the fol¬ 
lowing recollection: 

I applied for admission in February 
1926, when I had just turned 14, and 
was accepted in the class of 1929. All 
went well until my senior year, when I 
discovered I could not exercise the 
usual professional option, because the 


Law School would not give credit for 
courses taken before the age of 18 (state 
law, I think). 

If you want a free but belated bit of 
advice, stick firmly to the minimum 
age requirement for admission to the 
College. 

Reuben Abel '29 
Larchmont, N.Y. 

Memories of Ben 

Your recent obituary of Ben Johnson '38 
recalled a consummate gentleman who 
was Columbia's greatest sprinter of all 
time. I got to know Ben very well after I 
graduated; at that time I was continuing 
my track career, representing the NY AC 
and training with the Columbia team 
under Coach Merner. I ran at Madison 
Square Garden the night that Ben ran 
the 60-yard dash in a new world record 
time of 6 seconds. The judges disal¬ 
lowed the record because "no man 
could run that fast." Never before or 
since was such an outlandish decision 
ever made! 

John J. Keville '33 
Venice, Fla. 

Q 


Marcus 

(continued from page 25) 

ics. A third has to do with student ser¬ 
vices, improving our bureaucratic pro¬ 
cedures and what is done for students 
(and sometimes done to them). A 
fourth is the curriculum, and what we 
must do to maintain and improve its 
superior quality; and a fifth is the 
maintenance of a sufficiency of finan¬ 
cial aid. Before we can think seriously 
about expanding the College in any 
substantial way, we must establish and 
meet criteria in all of these categories. 
Until then, we will only allow a slight 
increase in our entering first-year class, 
so that the College enrollment will 
reach about 3,500. We cannot, in my 
view, expand any further until another 
dormitory is built. 

Let me say, in concluding, that my 
sense of the College is that it is strong 
and thriving—it thrives on controver¬ 
sy; it thrives on investigation; it thrives 
on the idea of improving itself; it 
thrives on its history of self-criticism 
and debate; it's a lively, talkative, and 
vibrant place; and in general, it's in 
very good health. Q 







48 


The Lion's Den An open forum for opinion, humor, and philosophy. 

It's hard enough being me 

Carving out a personal identity means 
cutting through pride and prejudice alike. 

by Anna Lisa Raya '95 



W hen I entered college, I discovered I was Latina. Until 
then, I had never questioned who I was or where I 
was from: My father is a second-generation Mexican-Ameri¬ 
can, born and raised in Los Angeles, and my mother was 
born in Puerto Rico and raised in Compton, Calif. My home 
is El Sereno, a predominantly Mexican neighborhood in L.A. 
Every close friend I have back home is Mexican. So I was al¬ 
ways just Mexican. Though sometimes I was just Puerto 
Rican—like when we would visit Mamo (my grandma) or 
hang out with my Aunt Titi. 

Upon arriving in New York as a first-year student, 3000 
miles from home, I not only experienced extreme culture 
shock, but for the first time I had to define myself according 
to the broad term "Latina." Although culture shock and 
identity crisis are common for the newly minted collegian 
who goes away to school, my experience as a newly minted 
Latina was, and still is, even more complicating. In El 
Sereno, I felt like I was part of a majority, whereas at the 
College I am a minority. 

I've discovered that many Latinos like myself have under¬ 
gone similar experiences. We face discrimination for being a 
minority in this country while also facing criticism for being 
"whitewashed" or "sellouts" in the countries of our her¬ 
itage. But as an ethnic group in college, we are forced to de¬ 
fine ourselves according to some vague, generalized Latino 
experience. This requires us to know our history, our lan¬ 
guage, our music, and our religion. I can't even be a content 
"Puerto Mexican" because I have to be a politically-and-so- 
cially-aware-Latina-with-a-chip-on-my-shoulder-because- 
of-how-repressed-I-am-in-this-country. 

I am none of the above. I am the quintessential imperfect 
Latina. I can't dance salsa to save my life, I learned about 
Montezuma and the Aztecs in sixth grade, and I haven't 
prayed to the Virgen de Guadalupe in years. 

Apparently I don't even look Latina. I can't count how 
many times people have just assumed that I'm white or 
asked me if I'm Asian. True, my friends back home call me 
gtiera ("whitey") because I have green eyes and pale skin, 
but that was as bad as it got. I never thought I would wish 
my skin were a darker shade or my hair a curlier texture, but 
since I've been in college, I have—many times. 

Another thing: my Spanish is terrible. Every time I call 
home, I berate my mama for not teaching me Spanish when I 
was a child. In fact, not knowing how to speak the language 
of my home countries is the biggest problem that I have en- 


Anna Lisa Raya '95, an English major, has been an active member of the 
Alianza Latino Americana. This article originally appeared in the February 
1994 issue of the Latino Alumni Newsletter, published by the College 
Office of Alumni Affairs. 


countered, as have many Latinos. In Mexico there is a term, 
pocha, which is used by native Mexicans to ridicule Mexican- 
Americans. It expresses a deep-rooted antagonism and dis¬ 
like for those of us who were raised on the other side of the 
border. Our failed attempts to speak pure, Mexican Spanish 
are largely responsible for the dislike. Other Latin American 
natives have this same attitude. No matter how well a Latino 
speaks Spanish, it can never be good enough. 

Yet Latinos can't even speak Spanish in the U.S. without 
running the risk of being called "spic" or "wetback." That is 
precisely why my mother refused to teach me Spanish when 
I was a child. The fact that she spoke Spanish was constantly 
used against her: It prevented her from getting good jobs, 
and it would have placed me in bilingual education—a con¬ 
struct of the Los Angeles public school system that has 
proved to be more of a hindrance to intellectual develop¬ 
ment than a help. 

To be fully Latina in college, however, I must know Span¬ 
ish. I must satisfy the equation: Latina = Spanish-speaking. 

So I'm stuck in this black hole of an identity crisis, and col¬ 
lege isn't making my life any easier, as I thought it would. In 
high school, I was being prepared for an adulthood in which 
I would be an individual, in which I wouldn't have to wear a 
Catholic school uniform anymore. But though I led an 
anonymous adolescence, I knew who I was. I knew I was 
different from white, black, or Asian people. I knew there 
was a language other than English that I could call my own 
if I only knew how to speak it better. I knew there were his¬ 
torical reasons why I was in this country, distinct reasons 
that make my existence here easier or more difficult than 
other people's existence. Ultimately, I was content. 

Now I feel pushed into a corner, always defining, defend¬ 
ing, and proving myself to classmates, professors, or em¬ 
ployers. Trying to understand who and why I am, while un¬ 
derstanding Plato or Homer, is a lot to ask of myself. 

A month ago, I heard three Nuyorican (Puerto Ricans 
born and raised in New York) writers discuss how 
New York City has influenced their writing. One problem I 
have faced as a young writer is finding a voice that is true to 
my community. I was surprised and reassured to discover 
that as Latinos, these writers had faced similar pressures 
and conflicts as myself; some weren't even taught Spanish in 
childhood. I will never forget the advice that one of them 
gave me that evening: She said that I need to be true to my¬ 
self. "Because people will always complain about what you 
are doing—you're a 'gringa' or a 'spic' no matter what," she 
explained. "So you might as well do things for yourself and 
not for them." 

I don't know why it has taken 20 years to hear this advice, 
but I'm going to give it a try. Soy yo and no one else. Punto. 








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Columbia 

College 

Today 

Volume 20 Number 2 

Fall 1994 

Editor 

James C. Katz '72 
Managing Editor 
Thomas J. Vinciguerra '85 
Assistant Editor 
Kirstin Wortman 
Staff Writer 
Oliver Conant 

Contributing Editors 

Elena Cabral '93 
David Lehman '70 
Thomas M. Mathewson 
Suzanne C. Taylor '87 

Contributing Photographers 

Arnold Browne '78 
Philippe Cheng 
Amanda Focht '93 
Nick Romanenko '82 

Alumni Advisory Board 

Ivan B. Veit '28 
Ray Robinson '41 
Walter Wager '44 
Jason Epstein '49 
Gilbert Rogin '51 
Edward Koren '57 
Robert Lipsyte '57 
Ira Silverman '57 
Peter Millones '58 
David M. Alpem '63 
Carey Winfrey '63 
Dan Carlinsky '65 
Albert Scardino '70 
Richard F. Snow '70 
John Glusman '78 
John R. MacArthur '78 
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In this issue: 


28 100 years of the Varsity Show 

Born as a sports fundraiser, honed by the likes of Rodgers and 
Hammerstein, still thriving as it enters its second century, the annual 
revue has endured as Columbia's longest running human comedy. 
by Thomas Vinciguerra '85 

46 Gonzy and the Misfits 

It was 1985: the coach was a loose cannon and the team went 0-10. 
But for this fifth-string Lion gridder, it was the best of times. 
by Greg Gonzalez ‘87 

54 The professor and the soldier 

A 1944 letter from Professor William C. Casey, recently unearthed by 
a former student, recalls the heroism and sacrifice of a generation. 


Departments 


2 

Within the Family 

49 

Columbia Forum 

3 

Letters to the Editor 

56 

Obituaries 

8 

Around the Quads 

61 

Class Notes 

40 

Bookshelf 

87 

Classified 

44 

Roar Lion Roar 

88 

The Lion's Den: Leonard Koppett '44 


Front cover: Illustration by Ad Reinhardt '35, from the program cover for the 1935 Varsity Show. 
Courtesy of the Columbiana Collection. 

Back cover: Rachel Scott ‘96 and Michelle Piccolo B'95 doing "The Coeducation Gyration" for the 
1994 Varsity Show. Photograph by Nick Romanenko '82. 


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Within the Family 

Of survival and loyalty 


C olumbia College Today marks its 
40th anniversary in November— 
two score years that have not been 
without their ups and downs, their 
burials and resurrections. But we have 
survived, and that's no small feat. 

Good magazines strike up a friend¬ 
ship with their readers, and in the past 
40 years, the reading public has lost 
many an old friend. Life itself was dead 
for a while. Others still are: Look and 
Collier's; the Saturday Review and the old 
Saturday Evening Post; Holiday; Liberty; 
Horizon; Encounter; and of course, the 
Columbia Forum. 

Though CCT does not resemble 
many other publications—there are few 
things quirkier than an Ivy League 
alumni magazine—we're proud of the 
niche we've carved. 

A readers' survey conducted this 
year by Kane, Parsons & Associates 
found that 90 percent of College alumni 
read CCT regularly; more than a quar¬ 
ter of them read it "cover to cover." 
Ninety-one percent of the survey's 
respondents gave the magazine posi¬ 
tive marks for overall quality, with 52 
percent rating it "excellent." Nearly half 
of our readers said they would be 
"extremely unhappy" if the publication 
were curtailed or eliminated; another 
third said they would be merely 
"unhappy." Three out of four rated 
CCT as both the most useful and most 
enjoyable source of information among 
all Columbia publications they receive. 

Does the magazine help the Universi¬ 
ty? Two-thirds of the College's John Jay 
Associates, who account for more than 
80 percent of the school's donations, 
say receiving CCT makes them "more 
likely to contribute money or get 
involved with Columbia." Significantly, 
94 percent of alumni believe that an 
editorial policy of candid reporting on 
campus problems serves the institution 
better than a policy of concentrating on 
positive stories and downplaying the 
controversial. 

This last view has long been at the 
heart of our compact with readers, as 
we were recently reminded when we 
came across a decades-old reply from 
the then-Dean of the College to a lead¬ 


ing University benefactor and trustee 
who was clearly tres agite by something 
he had seen in the magazine. 

"It is grievous to have to disagree 
with the man whom I consider to be 
one of the best friends the College ever 
had, namely yourself," the dean wrote 
diplomatically. However, he main¬ 
tained, "I am thoroughly confident that 
in the long run the overall excellence 
and penetrating independence of self 
inquiry [in CCT] will bring us an over¬ 
whelming balance of thoughtful alumni 
support." 

I don't know if our trustee was molli¬ 
fied by this, but I have seen a handsome 
portrait of him on campus, and his 
name is forever engraved on more than 
one dedicatory plaque. 

And so we must acknowledge: CCT 
owes its mandate to excel and its com¬ 
parative independence of voice not 
only to the expectation and support of 
our readers, or to the feisty New York 
air we breathe, but also to the enlight¬ 
ened forbearance—sometimes through 
gnashed teeth—of a distinguished line 
of University leaders, men and women 
of genuinely democratic temper and 
virtue. 

M anaging Editor Tom Vinciguerra's 
delightful cover story on the 
Columbia Varsity Show (page 28) looks 
back on a century of student theatrical 
talent. Meanwhile, the editors are 
spending more time these days looking 
ahead, devising new editorial touches, 
and, behind the scenes, revamping pro¬ 
duction methods and easing us onto the 
information superhighway (on which 
we are now just an armadillo). More on 
this next time. 

A new department we're calling— 
with a tip of the hat—Columbia Forum 
(page 49) kicks off in this issue with con¬ 
tributions from University Professor 
Edward W. Said, CCT Advisory Board 
member Jason Epstein '49 and other 
distinguished alumni. 

After many years, the board is 
pleased to welcome back Ray Robinson 
'41, a respected magazine veteran 
(Coronet, This Week, Seventeen and oth¬ 
ers) and the author of excellent books 


on Lou Gehrig '25, Christy Mathewson 
and other sports legends. 

For those of us with an incurable 
baseball jones, the current strike has 
meant serious deprivation. Some relief 
came when baseball connoisseur Barry 
Halper P'97, a limited partner of the 
New York Yankees, reminded us of 
Columbia alumnus John Montgomery 
Ward's leading role in the players' 
revolt a century ago. Len Koppett '44, 
another Hall-of-Famer, graciously 
agreed to bring us up to speed in his 
Lion's Den column (page 88). 

I t was twenty years ago, at the 50th 
reunion of the Class of 1924, that I 
first met a gentleman named Joe 
Spiselman while researching a piece on 
the late Manhattan District Attorney 
Frank S. Hogan. 

Theirs is a remarkable class, with the 
great art historian Meyer Schapiro and 
many other stars. But Frank Hogan had 
a special place in '24's affections, in part 
because he had remained so visibly 
devoted to Columbia and the class. Joe 
Spiselman kindly took me in hand at 
the reunion and helped organize a 
roundtable discussion. I was moved by 
the warmth and conviction he and his 
classmates expressed toward the 
College and each other. Later, I worked 
with Joe when he served for many 
years as Class Correspondent. I believe 
he never missed a column. 

Joe would have dearly loved to 
attend his class's 70th reunion this year, 
but he didn't make it. He called us from 
New Orleans not long before he died 
last March, worrying that he might be 
unable to file the '24 column. "My hand 
is too unsteady to write," he said. We 
offered to take it over the phone, but he 
said he was too short of breath. Finally, 
Joe asked if he could mail in a cassette 
tape of his class notes, so he could dic¬ 
tate at his own pace. And he did it, and 
it ran. 

Someday there'll be another Joe 
Spiselman. 


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Letters 
to the 
Editor 

Other preoccupations 

David Denby's article ["Confronting the 
Odyssey," Winter /Spring 1994] was 
interesting but somewhat unfair. Mr. 
Denby is now almost 30 years wiser and 
without the pressures of having to be 
graded; he can relax and muse or amuse 
himself. As I recall my freshman year, it 
was a time of overwhelming academic 
challenge. I took on too many courses, 
didn't really know how to study or 
divide my time, and was under constant 
pressure just to keep my head above 
water. 

There was no time to sit back and 
contemplate the contents, to ask the 
larger questions books raise. The 
quizzes we received related to content 
and were designed more to reveal 
whether the student had read the mater¬ 
ial rather than to see what effect the 
book produced on the student's outlook 
on life. Those weren't questions we 
asked ourselves then. Fraternity broth¬ 
ers took speed-reading courses so that 
they could get through the Odyssey and 
other books. 

Most of Mr. Denby's article relates to 
the book itself, and not the classroom 
dynamics or its value in the larger 
question of "C.C. or not two C's." While 
I totally agree with his abhorrence of 
"P.C." in all facets of life, it seems that he 
avoided the question he poses in the 
introduction by focusing on the beauty 
of the work itself. 

Interestingly enough, of all the books 
I believe we read in C.C., the Odyssey is 
the only one I remember reading, so 
strong an impression did its beauty 
make upon me. And here I too, like Mr. 
Denby, stray from the subject to praise 
the book. 

Joseph Romanelli '62 

Jerusalem, Israel 


CCT welcomes letters from readers. 
All letters are subject to editing for 
space and clarity. Please direct letters 
for publication "TO the editor." 



Insouciant louts and wastrels? 

As a member of Professor Edward 
Tayler's 1991-1992 Literature 
Humanities class, I read David Denby's 
description of our collective intellectual 
identity with a sense of irritation even 
greater than that which I experienced 
upon reading his similarly patronizing 
and arrogant account of that class in The 
New Yorker. I would like to take a 
moment to set the record straight con¬ 
cerning the students in the class and 
their relationship to Professor Tayler. 

Though I cannot speak for the entire 
body of students present in that section, 
I feel safe in saying that my authority in 
doing so is considerably greater than 
Mr. Denby's, whose presence in our 
class we tolerated with mild annoyance. 
To discover now that he regarded us all 
as ignorant, insouciant louts is insulting 
and offensive. This portrait is simply 
not representative; allow me to present 
an alternative one, drawn by someone 
who was a participant in the class 
rather than a condescending outsider. 

Many of us (perhaps most of us) 
arrived in Lit Hum as bright, articulate 
women and men who were eager to 
learn, and most of us responded with 
alacrity to Dr. Tayler's efforts on our 
behalf. Some of my classmates were 
among the brightest people I met while 
at Columbia, and even the shyest or 
least interested were a far cry from the 
uncaring churls whom Mr. Denby 
describes. 

I am currently a graduate student in 
folklore, and Professor Tayler's many 
admonishments regarding literature 
and the construction of the self still 


burn in my heart and in my mind as I 
pursue my work at Indiana University. 
He respected us and tried to nurture 
our intellects, and I shall be grateful to 
him always. It is, finally, a shame that 
Mr. Denby regards the undergraduates 
from that class as such wastrels; he sat 
in on our class but clearly missed the 
point of Professor Tayler's most impor¬ 
tant lesson: that students are as worthy 
of attention and respect as the works 
they read. 

John R. Deal '93 

Bloomington, Ind. 

David Denby replies: 

Professor Edward Tayler teaches the 
freshmen in Lit Hum in a highly idio¬ 
syncratic way. He wants to break the 
students' habits of reading for plot, 
theme and character, and to induce 
them to look for the recurring formal 
elements—figurative language, struc¬ 
tural blocks, rhetorical modes—that 
hold together a sprawling epic like the 
Iliad. The questions he asks call for very 
specific answers, and in the beginning, 
the students, who come not from a pre¬ 
dominantly book-centered, poetry¬ 
reading culture but from a new, rapidly 
developing aural-visual electronic cul¬ 
ture, stumble around a bit, just as I 
described. I don't know how Mr. Deal 
arrived at the impression that I saw 
"wastrels" or "uncaring churls." What I 
was describing were unformed and 
necessarily hesitant early responses to 
Professor Tayler's demands, responses 
which gave way by the end of the year 
to something quite different. Patience! 
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ing for everyone; my intent is to praise. 
(By contrast, Mr. Deal was always 
loquacious in class, but he took Lit Hum 
as a junior, and not, like the others, as a 
freshman.) 

Challenging assumptions 

This April's heartwarming ceremony in 
honor of Edward Said, Diana Trilling 
and Michael Rosenthal included a 
moment worth describing to the many 
alumni who could not be there. 

As Professor Rosenthal said so well, 
the College's curriculum is based on the 
radical notion that books—some books, 
great books—help to lift both student 
and instructor out of their assumptions 
and prejudices, enhancing the chances 
for intellectual growth and change. If 
the curriculum has been working as 
advertised, we might expect to see 
serious scholarly people take positions 
somewhat at odds with their own per¬ 
sonal backgrounds. 

At the ceremony, two of Columbia's 
most visible luminaries, Wm. Theodore 
de Bary '41 and Diana Trilling, gave us 
such an example. In introducing Mrs. 
Trilling, Professor de Bary made the 
point that Lionel Trilling '25 retained his 
dignity despite a level of professorial 
anti-Semitism that temporarily cost him 
his job as a young member of the 
English faculty. Diana Trilling disagreed 
with Professor de Bary, acknowledging 
that at that time Lionel was, in her 
words, a troubled man, and that Co¬ 
lumbia neither fired him as a Jew, nor 
re-hired him as one. (Professor de Bary 
said further that Lionel was brought 
back because his erudition made him a 
logical choice to teach in the new 
Humanities A program, today's Lit 
Hum. Here again Diana disagreed, 
saying that the Humanities assignment 
followed his reinstatement, and was 
not the major reason for it.) 

There the matter rests. But I cannot 
imagine another American college or 
university at which two leading intel¬ 
lectuals would allow the issue of past 
academic anti-Semitism to surface at an 
honorific event. And even if that were 
to happen elsewhere, it is absolutely 
impossible to imagine another place at 
which a devoutly Catholic former 
Provost acknowledges such past insti¬ 
tutional prejudices, while the Jewish 
widow of the alleged victim corrects 
the record by revealing her husband's 
personal difficulties. All schools, all 
administrators, all faculties may prate 


about diversity of opinion. But that 
night I saw a living example of the 
importance of a prerequisite state of 
mind: the sense that one has the right, 
or even the obligation, to take an un¬ 
expected position. The generosity of 
spirit and intellectual vitality we expect 
from ourselves and our students follow 
from this, and both do seem to grow 
best out of our peculiar, idiosyncratic, 
Columbia College tradition. 

As the administrative structure of 
the University and College keeps 
changing, I hope we can at least keep 
this spirit alive. 

Robert Pollack '61 
Professor of Biological Sciences 
Sherman Fairchild Center 
for the Life Sciences 

Liberality and stodginess 

One of the lessons of the core curri¬ 
culum was to study Columbia itself as 
an institution, something one couldn't 
help but do given the contradictions 
between the liberal education of the 
College and the stodgy, unimaginative, 
autocratic policies of the University. In 
this regard, the letter from Allen Young 
'62 [Winter/Spring 1994] citing Lionel 
Trilling's "elitism" as emblematic of this 
corporate elitism is a bit unfair. 

Lionel Trilling was a brilliant snob, 
but his great originality of thought and 
independence of mind went directly 
against the elitism and corporateness 
of opinion exemplified by then-Uni- 
versity President Grayson Kirk, to 
whom, both in deed and character, so 
much of the rebellion, even beyond its 
own stated and particular aims, is 
directly attributable. 

In retrospect, one thing that still 
amuses me is how the students held 
Acting Dean Henry S. Coleman '46 
hostage. I suppose both the choice and 
availability of that very decent and 
humane person, who more than anyone 
else at Columbia taught me not to label 
someone by the pinstripe of his tie, also 
indicated what the end result might 
have been had it all gotten to the 
tumbrel stage. 

But in a more serious vein, I think 
that had all those involved better under¬ 
stood the rebellion's own social psycho¬ 
logical underpinnings, particularly 
afterward, it might not have been so 
easy to get rid of such a valuable 
requirement of the core curriculum as 
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though by their very nature, more 
superficial, requirements, it made us 
take a close and unsentimental look at 
our times. Justus Buchler, the philoso¬ 
phy professor who taught my section, 
taught about the stupidity of war and 
other depravities of the human con¬ 
dition such as racism and institutional 
prejudice. He exemplified the rigor of 
thought that, coupled with a deep 
humanism, is not only the warp and 
woof of a good liberal education, but is 
of necessity the basis for an informed 
and constructive social consciousness. 
And though I myself might not have 
agreed with his reasons, it is not 
insignificant that he left Columbia in 
direct response to the rebellion. 

Jack Eisenberg '62 

Baltimore, Md. 

Adolescent fantasies 

Three cheers for Diana Trilling. 

Your respondents, Messrs. Blume 
and Young, are part of a generation that 
felt it knew better than its elders almost 
from birth. Some of that generation 
continue to cling for dear life to their 
adolescent fantasies. Thus, a million 
boat people and a half-million South 


Vietnamese sent to "re-education" 
camps haven't made Blume and Young 
question even slightly their faith in 
their earlier views. Nor do they seem at 
all disturbed by the fact that the idols of 
1960's college rebellions—Ho Chi 
Minh, Mao, Castro—turned out to have 
feet of clay. 

In a book of 25th reunion essays and 
autobiographies published recently by 
the Yale class of 1968, Michael Mandel- 
baum and Strobe Talbott acknowl¬ 
edged that they had misunderstood 
what was happening in the world back 
then. As The New York Times reported: 
"They thought 25 years ago that the 
central event of world politics was the 
Vietnam War. Now they realize that the 
central event was the 1968 anti-Soviet 
uprising in Czechoslovakia which they 
saw years ago as 'a distant ripple' but 
one that became 'a tidal wave' of global 
change." The account continued: "The 
two writers also allow that, in protest¬ 
ing the Vietnam War, they were not so 
brave or original as they thought. 'It 
took more political and intellectual 
courage to support than to oppose the 
policies of the Johnson administration 
in Southeast Asia,' they wrote." Some 


people learn from history! 

And yes, Virginia, I have heard of 
Bob Dylan, to my great regret. 

David M. Blank '41 
Pleasantville, N.Y. 

On David Dudley (1909-1994) 

[Editor's Note: After former Director of 
College Admissions David Dudley died on 
March 24 (see "In Memoriam," p. 21), 
CCT requested some biographical informa¬ 
tion from his family. In sending along Mr. 
Dudley's c.v., his son-in-law, Abraham M. 
Hirsch, wrote, "The bare factualness of his 
writing impels me to add a comment," 
which we include here with the writer's 
permission.] 

David Dudley saw education as a prin¬ 
cipal pillar of the American system: it 
opened opportunities. His life's work 
was making available those opportuni¬ 
ties, helping to provide education to 
those who otherwise might have had 
limited access to it. For instance, 
"Dudley's Follies"—as the Columbia 
College Class of '64 will forever be 
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ment career. 

There is no doubt that for the rest of 
his life David saw his breaching of the 
"Jewish quota" of the College and the 
School of Engineering, and his admis¬ 
sion of the Class of '64, as the defining 
experience of his professional work. It 
left him with a great sense of achieve¬ 
ment as well as with painful, even 
traumatic memories. His courage and 
success made him a hero to many with¬ 
in and outside Columbia. 

At the same time, his moral stand and 
his determination to end anti-Jewish 
bias in the admissions process aroused 
the wrath of powerful men, who 
appeared more interested in football 
than in the academy. These men were 
unable to undo what David had done 
but they forced him out of Columbia 
and came close to damaging his career 
permanently. David was neither naive 
nor unworldly, but the brutal immorali¬ 
ty these men displayed was a shocking 
revelation, the memory of which haunt¬ 
ed him for the rest of his life. He paid a 
heavy price for "Dudley's Follies." 

Correspondingly, the recognition 
given to him some years ago, by the 
Class of '64 and the College, for his 


leading role at the battle over the Jew¬ 
ish quota at Columbia, surely was the 
high point of his later years. David 
never was a man who pursued honors 
or acclamation. He did what he did in 
1960 because that was the right and 
moral and American thing to do. He 
knew that he was at the right place at 
the right time, and that he had done the 
right thing. 

The appreciation expressed at the 
class reunion and banquet some years 
ago, by successful alumni of Dudley's 
Follies, some of whom were what this 
battle had been all about, provided 
David with proof that his sacrifices had 
paid off in the lives of these men and of 
Columbia. It was immensely satisfying 
to him. When he died, his invitations to 
the reunion and to the banquet stood 
framed on his bedside table. 

Abraham M. Hirsch 

Silver Spring, Md. 

Santomasso's inspiration 

I was deeply saddened to hear of the 
untimely passing of Eugene Santomasso 
[Around the Quads, Winter/Spring 
1994], Gene was a warm, gifted and 
inspirational teacher who made art 


come alive over the centuries. He 
changed the way that we looked at the 
world around us, and like a wonderful 
work of art, his spirit will always be 
with us. 

Raphael B. Strieker '71, M.D. 

San Francisco, Calif. 

Teachers who touched deeply 

I was deeply saddened to read of the 
death of Eugene Santomasso in the last 
issue of CCT. The high-voltage enthusi¬ 
asm he communicated to his Art 
Humanities class in 1967 was irresistible. 
I had transferred into his section mid¬ 
way through the semester—never hav¬ 
ing stayed awake through even one class 
of my former instructor—so, starting 
from a knowledge base of zero, I earned 
my worst grade at Columbia in his 
course. I didn't mind the grade. I knew 
then that I would enjoy art for the rest 
of my life, thanks to Gene Santomasso. 

I remember with equal fondness 
Howard Porter, elegized in the same 
issue. I think he understood everything 
about us, his adolescent students, and 
reached us with uncommonly effective 
gentleness. I had written a final term 
paper comparing Aeschylus and Eu- 






















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gene O'Neill, and had ended the paper 
with some melodramatic rhetorical 
flourishes. Porter called me into his 
office and made up some excuse about 
not having read the paper, to justify his 
invitation to me to read it aloud to him. 
I'm sure he had already read it, and 
knew it would sound considerably bet¬ 
ter than it had read. When I finished, 
he just said, "An A paper." 

Porter was a great teacher, and what 
a nice man. 

Daniel Feldman '70 
Brooklyn, N.Y. 

The writer is a New York State 
Assemblyman. —Editor. 

Sane perspective 

The cover of your Winter/Spring '94 
issue is handsome indeed—visually 
arresting, full of both significant atmos¬ 
phere and mysterious challenge. It sent 
me plunging forward to peruse the 
stimulating contents, under the gener¬ 
al heading of "The Core Revisited." 

Thanks for a provocative install¬ 
ment, with a sane perspective, on a 
vital issue for this or any university. 

Donald Wesely '43 
Garden City, N.Y. 


Generous souls 

The quote from Jim McMenamin about 
Columbia College alumni generosity 
[Around the Quads, Fall 1993] aroused 
memories of the adjustment of the 
Class of 1938 to the Great Depression. 

We benefited from scholarships 
given by many benefactors of the 
College—tuition was then $200 per 
semester—and from the assistance of 
other generous souls, including the 
Dean of the College. One of our class¬ 
mates, the late Jerry Lorber, was once 
complimented on his sizable giving to 
the College Fund. Jerry's reply: "I'll 
never forget Dean Hawkes pulling out 
his petty cash drawer and handing me 
carfare for a week's travel to College." 
(Subway and ferry fares were then five 
cents.) Bill Maggipinto remembered a 
kind N.Y.C. policeman who gave him 
a penny to round out the 10 cents he 
needed for carfare from Brooklyn to 
College. Yours truly fell asleep on a 
Paterson Trolley and rode past the 
fare limit, with no change to spare. The 
motorman hailed a return trolley for a 
free ride home for this destitute stu¬ 
dent. Fortunately, as scarce as money 
was, one remembers that the Lion's 


Den served a special of soup, bever¬ 
age, sandwich and cake for 25 cents. 

May the remembrance of these 
experiences enhance our giving to 
today's needy students. 

John F. Crymble '38 
Salem, N.J. 

What we ought-ought to do 

It may seem churlish to point it out, 
but as the millennium approaches you 
may wish to make a change in the 
class year headings in the Class Notes 
section, starting with T0-'19 rather 
than '00. A surviving graduate of the 
Class of '00 would be 116 years old. If 
there is one—or anyone from the sub¬ 
sequent decade—he probably deserves 
a whole issue! 

Gara LaMarche '76 
Brooklyn, N.Y. 

There is at least one Columbia College 
alumnus surviving from the century's first 
decade—the oldest, we believe, is a member 
of "Ought Seven"—so we will maintain 
our section headings. —Editor. 













Around 

the 

Quads 

Marcus steps down as 
dean and vice president 

Just one year after his concurrent 
appointment as Dean of Columbia 
College and Vice President for Arts 
and Sciences, Steven Marcus '48 
announced in June that for health rea¬ 
sons he would resign both positions. 

A committee chaired by University 
Provost Jonathan R. Cole '64 is now 
conducting a search to fill the vice 
presidency, to be followed in due 
course by a search for a new College 
Dean. 

Dr. Marcus is expected to remain in 
the administration through the calen¬ 
dar year, after which he will go on 
sabbatical leave. Ultimately, the 
renowned literary scholar plans to 
return to full-time teaching in the 
English department. 

The Marcus resignation unexpect¬ 
edly prolonged a season of adminis¬ 
trative permutation that began last 
year when incoming University 
President George Rupp restructured 
the management of the Arts and 
Sciences, fusing the College deanship 
with the vice presidency. The move 
was intended both to elevate the 
College's profile in University affairs 
and to increase collaboration among 
the sometimes dissonant components 
of the Arts and Sciences construct, 
which includes Columbia's Graduate 
School of Arts and Sciences, the 
School of General Studies, the School 
of International and Public Affairs, 
and the School of the Arts. 

In April, however, the new structure 
began to disassemble when historian 
Caroline W. Bynum, who had reported 
to Dr. Marcus as Dean of the School of 
General Studies and Associate Vice 
President of Arts and Sciences for 
Undergraduate Education, announced 
her resignation, effective June 30. 

Among other things, these high- 
level changes have offered Columbia's 



Back to teaching: College Dean Steven Marcus '48 (right), congratulating student body president 
Imara Jones '94 at Commencement. 


leadership the opportunity to further 
refine a structure that has already suc¬ 
ceeded, in the view of President Rupp, 
Dean Marcus and others, in increasing 
the level of cooperation among the 
various schools. "The most important 
development in the Arts and Sciences 
administration this year," Dr. Cole 
said, "is the evolution of a true collab¬ 
oration between the Office of the Vice 
President and the College Dean's 
Office. These two offices must work 
harmoniously since the linkages 
between faculty teaching, curricular 
growth, and budgetary requirements 
are all interdependent." 

"There were real advantages to hav¬ 
ing a single person to balance the 
needs of the academic departments 
with the needs of the schools," said 
Dean of Students Roger Lehecka '67. 

A good example of the College's pri¬ 
orities being embraced by the central 
administration, he said, is President 
Rupp's vigorous support for a first- 
class undergraduate student center. 

Another benefit of the fusion of 
responsibilities, said Associate College 
Dean Kathryn B. Yatrakis, was that 
the school's concerns did not have to 
be mediated through as many levels 
of authority. "As Dean of the College, 
you hear a lot directly from students, 
you hear from parents, you hear from 
faculty and alumni," she explained. 
"As Vice President for Arts and Sci¬ 
ences, you hear mostly from faculty 
and central administrators." 


Hearing all of those people created 
a ferocious workload for the vice pres- 
ident-^wfl-dean, one which was not 
much relieved by the elaborate shar¬ 
ing of duties that evolved under the 
new regime. Students—for whom a 
year at Columbia now costs over 
$28,000—were especially vocal in their 
belief that a College Dean should be 
visible and accessible. 

Even at the beginning of Dr. 
Marcus's term, colleagues worried 
that his many obligations—which in¬ 
cluded continuing commitments as a 
scholar and teacher and direct man¬ 
agement responsibility for nine of the 
26 academic departments in the Arts 
and Sciences—might prove to be over¬ 
whelming. 

"This dual role was always viewed 
by the president as transitional," com¬ 
mented Dr. Cole. "There may be an 
individual out there who can handle 
all of the different roles simultaneous¬ 
ly without it taking a very severe toll 
on him or her, physically and mental¬ 
ly, but I don't know that person. The 
demands are unbelievable, and there 
isn't a very substantial overlap. It's a 
two-body problem. I'm afraid." He 
added, "Steven has been heroic in tak¬ 
ing on the two jobs." 

The intention now is to separate the 
deanship and the vice presidency; the 
next Dean of the College will also be 
Associate Vice President for Arts and 
Sciences. At the same time. Professor 
Bynum's position is being reconfig- 















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9 


ured: A search is under way for a new 
Dean of General Studies to lead that 
division's degree-granting program, 
while a new Senior Assistant Vice 
President for Arts and Sciences will be 
charged with heading the other con¬ 
tinuing education offerings and spe¬ 
cial programs administered in General 
Studies. Within the College adminis¬ 
tration, Dean Yatrakis has been given 
an important new role as Acting 
Assistant Vice President for Academic 
Affairs, to serve, in her words, "as liai¬ 
son between the faculty and the Arts 
and Sciences and the department 
chairs and the planning and budget¬ 
ing committee on all faculty issues." 

Another significant addition of title, 
if not of function, came when the 
Trustees appointed Dr. Cole as Dean 
of Faculties as well as University 
Provost—the first to be so designated 
since Jacques Barzun '27, who served 
from 1958 to 1967. "The title expresses 
the fact that the provost is the chief 
academic officer of the University," 

Dr. Cole noted. "Part of the reasoning 
for this is that so few people, especial¬ 
ly outside of the University, have any 
notion at all of what a provost is—I 
wind up spending more time explain¬ 
ing this to people than telling them 
about the greatness of the College and 
the University. So one part [of the 
decision] was to clarify this, and 
another was to clarify the relationship 
to other deans." 

The new Arts and Sciences leader¬ 
ship will come aboard at a time of sig¬ 
nificant challenge and hope for the 
College. 

Undergraduate admissions applica¬ 
tions are booming, and the external 
perception of the school appears to be 
gaining ground, as suggested by 
Columbia's rise to ninth place in the 
annual U.S. News & World Report sur¬ 
vey. The core curriculum—officially 
founded 75 years ago this semester 
with the establishment of the famed 
Contemporary Civilization course in 
1919—continues to engage student 
and faculty commitment, as well as 
intense alumni support. This Nov¬ 
ember's Alexander Hamilton Dinner 
will honor the tenured teachers of the 
Core, and Dean's Day, in April, will 
also center on the general education 
curriculum, which has become the 
College's very signature. 

Significant changes are under way 
for the College's physical plant, 
including the reconstruction of Ferris 


The Class of '98: 

They'll take Manhattan 


C olumbia College experienced a 
whopping 16 percent increase 
in applications this year, a vote of 
confidence so strong that The New 
York Times, in a front-page article, 
cited it as evidence that, as their 
headline put it, "New York Is the 
Place to Be." 

The upsurge was anticipated by 
the observations of a marketing 
study commissioned in 1992 by 
Columbia and conducted by Jan 
Krukowski & Associates, which con¬ 
cluded that far from being a nega¬ 
tive, New York City was a positive 
selling point for the College. As a 
result of the study, the College's 
recruiters are more than ever 
extolling the virtues of life in the big 
city, assisted by a colorful new 52- 
page viewbook. 

"We're doing a fair amount of re¬ 
search to find out why we're so hot 
this year," said Drusilla Blackman, 
Dean of Undergraduate Admissions 
and Financial Aid. "We did utilize 
current students much more effec¬ 
tively in our admissions process 
than we had in the past, and they 
did a terrific job of convincing appli¬ 
cants that New York is a fantastic 
place to go to school." Further evi¬ 
dence of the city's appeal is offered 
by N.Y.U.'s even greater 33 percent 
increase in applications over the past 


two years. On the other hand, appli¬ 
cations were up strongly at a number 
of Ivy schools; Yale led the way with 
a 20 percent increase, which followed 
a 10 percent decrease the preceding 
year. 

The Columbia Class of '98 weighs 
in at a hefty 870 individuals: the 
yield, or percentage of admitted stu¬ 
dents who matriculate, ratcheted up 
to 46 percent. In recent years, it had 
hovered around 42 percent. 

Selectivity advanced dramatically. 
Only 24 percent of this year's appli¬ 
cants were accepted; last year the fig¬ 
ure was 30 percent. Combined SAT 
scores averaged 1315; 76 percent of 
the class graduated in the top tenth 
of their high school class, and 92 per¬ 
cent finished in the top fifth. Minority 
representation remains strong: 9.8 
percent of the incoming students are 
African-American, 14.6 percent are 
Asian, and 5.6 percent are Latino. 

The gap between the number of 
women and men widened somewhat 
this year: the class is 52.4 percent 
female and 47.6 percent male. 

The good news about New York, 
however, has still not penetrated 
everywhere. For the second year in a 
row, the College accepted students 
from every state in the Union— 
except South Dakota. 

T.V. and J.C.K. 

















10 


Headliners 



Edward Costikyan '47 
former deputy mayor and 
Columbia trustee issues 
widely debated study call¬ 
ing for reconfiguration of 
NYC public school system. 



Max Frankel '52 
Pulitzer Prize-winner steps 
down as executive editor of 
The New York Times after 
eight years. He is succeeded 
by Columbia J-School grad¬ 
uate Joseph Lelyveld, son 
of Arthur J. Lelyveld '33. 



Dick Hyman '48 
pianist and composer's 50th 
anniversary concert is hailed 
as a high point of the JVC 
Jazz Festival in New York. 



Eric H. Holder Jr. '73 
former judge is named U.S. 
Attorney for the District 
of Columbia—brings 
charges against Rep. Dan 
Rostenkowski. 



PAUL AUSTER '69 
novelist and screenwriter's 
latest film— Smoke —goes 
into production in Brook¬ 
lyn and Long Island City. 



Richard Ravitch '55 
civic and business leader 
now represents major 
league baseball owners in 
negotiations with players' 
union. 


Booth Hall, the student center; the 
development of plans for a refur¬ 
bished College Library; the renovation 
of older residence halls (Furnald, and 
eventually Wien); and now, serious 
consideration of constructing a new 
student dormitory. Work has also 
begun on a master plan for athletics 
facilities [see article, page 45]. Several 
of these projects have been evolving 
for many years; that they were able to 
advance during a year in which a $12 
million operating deficit was brought 
under control is an encouraging sign 
to many in the campus community. 

President Rupp and Dean Marcus 
have also undertaken efforts to assess 
and reform key areas of student life 
and academic quality. A Committee 
on Student Services chaired by 
Professor of Chemistry George W. 
Flynn has investigated such critical 
areas as academic, financial aid and 
career advising, as part of a more gen¬ 
eral look at the quality of University 
services for students; the final report 
should provide guidance for a round 
of improvements certain to be wel¬ 
comed by students disgruntled by 
their experience of the bureaucracy. 

The College is also weighing the 
recommendations of the Committee 
on Undergraduate Education (CUE), 
co-chaired by Deans Bynum and 
Marcus, which call for a series of mea¬ 
sures to strengthen the Upper College 
curriculum and the major system, as 
well as a major redeployment of facul¬ 
ty resources and reconceiving of the 
point system now used to earn credit 
toward the B.A. 

Thirteen individuals have accepted 
the historic responsibility of leading 
Columbia College since the deanship 
was established in 1896. It is fair to 
imagine that the qualities of the great¬ 
est former deans (alumni can supply 
their own candidates)—vision, integri¬ 
ty, the ability to articulate the College's 
identity and to marshal the energy 
and resources needed to achieve the 
school's yet unfulfilled promise—will 
all be required of the 14th Dean of 
Columbia College, and of the Uni¬ 
versity administration in which he 
or she will be a major actor. 

J.C.K. 



























Columbia College Today 


11 



Homecoming: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a former Columbia law professor, 
returned to campus to receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at Commencement and enjoyed 
an ovation led by President Rupp. 


Campus bulletins 

• Biosphere consortium: Biosphere 2, 
the seven-year-old self-contained 
glass-domed world in Oracle, Ariz., 
has joined with Columbia to form the 
Biosphere 2 Research Group, a non¬ 
profit joint venture, to develop a scien¬ 
tific plan for the $150 million project. 
Columbia personnel involved in the 
research group include Wallace S. 
Broecker '53, Newberry Professor of 
Geological Sciences at Lamont- 
Doherty Earth Observatory; Michael 
M. Crow, Vice Provost of the Uni¬ 
versity; and John C. Mutter, Acting 
Director of Lamont-Doherty. Professor 
Broecker and Dr. Crow will serve on 
the group's executive committee. 
Former Harvard scientist Bruno D. V. 
Marino was named Biosphere 2's new 
director of science and research, and 
Michael McElroy, current chairman of 
Harvard's department of earth and 
planetary sciences, will chair the 
group's science committee. 

The Biosphere project, designed 
partly for ecological studies and part¬ 
ly as a utopian refuge, is financed pri¬ 
marily by Texas billionaire Edward P. 
Bass and had suffered from lack of 
credibility; many felt that the original 
leaders of the project had neither the 
credentials nor the experience neces¬ 
sary to run the project. A reorganized 
Biosphere 2, with new administrators, 
new goals, and a strong Ivy presence, 
could offer unique research opportu¬ 
nities. 

Over the next six months the 
research group will take steps to set 
forth a science plan for the facility. 
They will commission a dozen or more 
scientific White Papers, award 
research grants and post-doctoral fel¬ 
lowships, and develop proposals for 
government and foundation support. 

Lamont-Doherty and Professor 
Broecker began a relationship with 
Biosphere 2 about two years ago when 
they discovered the cause of a mysteri¬ 
ous drop in oxygen levels within the 
domes. 

• Highest HONOR: Special Service 
Professor Robert K. Merton has 
become the first sociologist to win the 
National Medal of Science, the nation's 
highest scientific honor. Professor 
Merton and seven other winners 
received the award from President 
Clinton at a White House ceremony in 
October. 


Professor Merton, an internationally 
acclaimed authority on the sociology 
of science, has also made significant 
contributions to the study of bureau¬ 
cracies, social influence, mass commu¬ 
nications, and the professions. He has 
written or edited more than 200 schol¬ 
arly articles and 20 books, most nota¬ 
bly the classic Social Theory and Social 
Structure, which has appeared in more 
than 30 printings and more than a 
dozen languages. A former president 
of the American Sociological Associ¬ 
ation and the first sociologist to be 
named a MacArthur Fellow (1983-88), 
Mr. Merton has received honorary de¬ 
grees from more than 20 universities. 

• EXCELLENCE: Recent College gradu¬ 
ates have earned a number of presti¬ 
gious scholarships and fellowships. 
Ayanna Parish '94 and Paul Bollyky 
'94 both won Marshall Scholarships 
for two years of study in the United 
Kingdom. Rhodes Scholar Katherine 
Chubbuck '94, currently a graduate 
student at Northwestern University's 
Medill School of Journalism, will 
enroll at Oxford University in 1995. 
Cleo J. Kung '92 has received a 
Mortimer Hays-Brandeis Traveling 
Fellowship to support her studies at 
the Beijing Central Academy of Arts 
and Design. DAAD (German Aca¬ 
demic Exchange Service) awards went 
to Dy Tran '94 and Ley la Kokmen 
'94. The DAAD is a highly competitive 
seven- to ten-month program for stu¬ 


dents enrolled at a German university. 

Mellon Fellowships went to Paul 
Hanebrink '94, Neil Weinberg '93, 

Dy Tran '94 and Ayanna Parish '94. 
Two-year Kellett Fellowships for 
study at Oxford and Cambridge were 
awarded to Nina Zipser '94 and 
Molly Murray '94. USA Today scholar¬ 
ships went to Shawn Landres '94 and 
Imara Jones '94. 

Rovana Popoff '94 will complete a 
six-month intensive internship in 
Washington, D.C. as a Carnegie Intern. 
Josh Prager '94 is a Raoul Wallenberg 
Scholar and will study leadership at 
Hebrew University in Jerusalem for 
one year. Finally, among this year's 
Fulbright Scholars are Nazar And ary 
'94, who will study in Syria; Laetitia 
Cairoli '94 in Morocco; Sandra 
Contreras '94 in Colombia; and 
Jonathan Konovitch '94 in Israel. 

• VISITORS center: Prospective under¬ 
graduates and their families arriving 
on campus are now being directed to 
the newly apportioned Visitors Center 
at 213 Low Library, directly to the left 
of the main entrance and just a few 
steps from the University President's 
office. Occupying former administra¬ 
tive offices, the new facility provides 
campus tours and admissions infor¬ 
mation sessions. 

"The new Visitors Center is, in a 
sense, our front room," said President 
George Rupp, "a place where we wel¬ 
come guests to Columbia and provide 









JOE PINEIRO 


12 


Alumni events calendar 


Alexander Hamilton Dinner 

November 17 

Los Angeles Dean's Day 

March - tba 

San Francisco Dean's Day 

March - tba 

John Jay Awards Dinner 

March 23 

New York City Dean's Day 

April 8 

Columbia College Alumni Association 

May 12 

Annual Luncheon 


Class Day 

May 16 

Commencement 

May 17 

Reunion Weekend 

June 2-4 

For further information about all College alumni events, please write to Ilene 
Markay-Hallack, Columbia College Office of Alumni Affairs and Development, 

475 Riverside Drive, Suite 917, New York, N.Y. 10115 or call (212) 870-2769. 


an overview of the exciting programs 
we offer." 

The center—which sports carved 
oak wainscotting, new carpets, high 
ceilings, comfortable club chairs, and 
handsome bookcases lined with vol¬ 
umes by faculty and alumni—is 
expected to go a long way toward 
altering a common perception of Low 
as a forbidding citadel. A large foyer, 
equipped with computer terminals 
allowing visitors access to Columbia- 
Net, leads to a pleasantly proportioned 
conference room with a seminar table. 

The center also incorporates the for¬ 
mer Office of Information and Visitor 
Services of Dodge Hall, which in addi¬ 



tion to providing for general campus 
visitors also arranges itineraries and 
escort services for distinguished for¬ 
eign delegations. Directing the whole 
complex is the College's longtime 
Associate Dean for Administration, 
Donna Badrig. 

"The new space shows off the best 
of the College from the very begin¬ 
ning," said Dean of Undergraduate 
Admissions and Financial Aid 
Drusilla Blackman, who pushed for 
its creation and oversaw its develop¬ 
ment. Although Hamilton Hall re¬ 
mains the home of the College, Ms. 
Blackman said that the relocation of 
the Visitor's Center to Low Library 
"will draw people to the natural cen¬ 
ter of the University." 

•Alumni trustee: George Van 
Amson '74, a vice president of 
Morgan Stanley & Co. in New York, 
has been elected the University's 96th 
Alumni Trustee. Mr. Van Amson, a 
Harvard MBA, is head trader for Latin 
America in Morgan Stanley's interna¬ 
tional equities department and super¬ 
vises the firm's U.S. and London 
trading efforts in South Africa. Active 
in alumni and community affairs, he 
serves as a trustee of The Riverside 
Church and a board member of the 
Urban Leadership Forum and the 
Metropolitan Council. He is a former 
director of the College Alumni 
Association. 

Also named this year to the Board 
of Trustees were John S. Chalstay, 
chief executive officer of the invest¬ 
ment firm of Donaldson, Lufkin & 


Jenrette; Maureen A. Cogan, owner 
and chairman of Art & Auction maga¬ 
zine; and Donald F. McHenry P'87, 
former U.S. Ambassador to the United 
Nations. 

•Presiding: The University's two lead¬ 
ing affiliates now have new presidents. 

Judith R. Shapiro, provost of Bryn 
Mawr College since 1986, has been 
named the sixth president of Barnard 
College. A student of Margaret Mead, 
Dr. Shapiro earned her Ph.D. at 
Columbia in 1972 and is noted for her 
cross-cultural studies of gender differ¬ 
ences; she taught at the University of 
Chicago before joining the Bryn Mawr 
faculty. Her predecessor at Barnard, 
Ellen V. Futter, served for 13 years 
before becoming president of the 
American Museum of Natural 
History. 

The ninth president of Teachers 
College is Arthur E. Levine, formerly 
chairman of the Institute for Edu¬ 
cational Management at Harvard's 
Graduate School of Education and 
president of Bradford College in 
Massachusetts from 1982 to 1989. He 
succeeds P. Michael Timpane, who 
retired after 10 years. 

• A TRUE STALWART: After 20 years' 
service to the College, during which 
he earned enormous respect for his 
decency, integrity and keen intelli¬ 
gence, Lawrence J. Momo '73 has left 
Columbia to become director of col¬ 
lege counseling at the Trinity School 
in Manhattan. 

Mr. Momo joined College Admis¬ 
sions in 1974 and rose through the 
ranks to become Director in 1989. Last 
year, following a merger of the En¬ 
gineering and College admissions 
efforts which he helped supervise, Mr. 
Momo became one of the principal 
fund-raisers for the College Office of 
Alumni Affairs and Development, 
leading campaigns for the 25th and 
50th reunion classes, among others. 

Looking over two decades, Mr. 
Momo says he is proudest of his 
involvement in making Columbia 
more ethnically diverse, in helping to 
shepherd the transition to coeduca¬ 
tion, and in preserving a need-blind 
admissions policy. 

"Columbia is a richer environment 
because of these policies," he com¬ 
mented. "An education is what you 
get in the classroom, but a good bit of 
what you really take away from a 


Lawrence J. Momo '73 













Columbia College Today 


13 



Wynton Marsalis at WKCR: The student radio station offered listeners a memorable evening 
when the internationally renowned trumpeter and Lincoln Center jazz leader joined in a musical 
hommage to Duke Ellington last May. 


school has to do with the interactions 
you have with other smart kids, from 
a variety of places and experiences." 

To join him as assistant director at 
Trinity, Mr. Momo recruited one of the 
more talented Columbia admissions 
officers in recent memory—the witty, 
forthright Elizabeth Pleshette "89. 

• Elected: The National Association 
of Independent Colleges and Uni¬ 
versities, a nationwide organization 
that lobbies Congress and the Federal 
Government on public policy issues 
affecting their institutions, has elected 
University President George Rupp as 
an at-large representative of its Board 
of Directors. President Rupp has 
served on the boards of numerous 
educational organizations, including 
the Association of American Uni¬ 
versities, the Consortium on Finan¬ 
cing Higher Education, and Amigos 
de las Americas. 

• CHANGEOVERS: The College admini¬ 
stration has witnessed a number of per¬ 
sonnel changes since Commencement. 

Assistant Dean of Students William 
Wiggins now chairs the history de¬ 
partment at Hampton University in 
Virginia, where he had taught for the 
past academic year. Mr. Wiggins had 
overseen the Kluge Scholarships and 
the Intercultural Resource Center. 

Another departing assistant dean is 
Derek Wittner '65, who has joined the 
Office of Alumni Affairs and Develop¬ 


ment as Associate Director of the 
Annual Fund. Mr. Wittner is also 
responsible for the 25th, 30th, and 
35th reunion classes. John Axcelson 
replaces him as dean-in-residence for 
Hartley-Wallach. Andrew Sunshine 
'79 also recently joined the College as 
an assistant dean of students, han¬ 
dling students living in John Jay and 
the fraternities. Acting Associate Dean 
of Students Kathleen McDermott has 
dropped the "acting" from her title 
and assumed the mantle in full. 

Development Officer Dawn 



Maristella Lorch 


Adelson '88, head of the Young 
Alumni Program and Columbia 
College Women, is now a gift plan¬ 
ning officer at University Develop¬ 
ment and Alumni Relations (UDAR). 
Her duties have been assumed by for¬ 
mer WKCR stalwart Julia Rothwax 
'89, recently a press secretary to for¬ 
mer New York Mayor David Dinkins, 
and Candice Workman of UDAR. 

• Fare THEE WELL: Phyllis and 
Donald Sharp P'79, the indefatigable 
chairmen of the College's Parents' 
Council, have stepped down after 17 
years of voluntary service organizing 
the Parents' Fund, Parents' Day and 
other activities. Their successors are 
Joy Ann Pietropinto P'93 and Judith 
Rosenthal P'84 & '96. 

Of the Sharps, the Parents' Council 
Newsletter commented: "Their contri¬ 
butions grew with their experience 
and their dedication expanded with 
their accomplishments. College Walk 
will miss their footsteps, and Alma 
Mater will have to conceal a tear of 
regret as well as an owl." 


Laurels 

•Accolade: Professor Emeritus of 
History Eric McKitrick shared the 1994 
Bancroft Prize in American history this 
April for his volume The Age of Federal¬ 
ism: The Early American Republic , 1788- 
1800, written with Stanley Elkins, a 
work which culminates more than 25 
years of research and writing. One of 
the premier honors in the field of histo¬ 
ry, the award is given annually by Co¬ 
lumbia and carries with it a $4,000 prize. 

This year's Bancroft Prize also went 
to Winthrop D. Jordan for Tumult and 
Silence at Second Creek: An Inquiry into 
a Civil War Slave Conspiracy and David 
Levering Lewis for W.E.B. Du Bois: 

The Biography of a Race 1868-1919. 

• HONORED: The 1994 Father Ford 
Award of Distinction was presented 
on April 5 to Maristella de Panizza 
Lorch, the author and scholar who 
directs the Italian Academy for Ad¬ 
vanced Studies at Columbia Universi¬ 
ty. Dr. Lorch has taught at Barnard 
and Columbia since 1951. 

The Ford Award was established in 
1985 to honor the late Father George 
Barry Ford, the beloved counselor to 
Columbia's Catholic students from 
1929 to 1945. 
















JOE PINEIRO 


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The Dalai Lama 


• Honoris CAUSA: "I believe an affec¬ 
tionate mental attitude is the funda¬ 
mental basis of human life," said 
Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama of 
Tibet, before a capacity crowd of 500 
in Low Rotunda on April 26. "Money 
of course is important. But the real key 
to happiness is human affection. This 
is my main belief, and so, whenever I 
get the opportunity, I express this." 
President George Rupp, who in his 
introductory remarks observed that "a 
remarkable and beautiful part of 
Buddhism is the union of the ordinary 
and the extraordinary," conferred an 
honorary degree on the Dalai Lama, 
who won the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize. 
He was joined on the dais by Universi¬ 
ty Provost Jonathan R. Cole "64 and 
Robert Thurman, the Jey Tsong 
Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan 
Studies at Columbia and Director of 
the Center for Buddhist Studies. 


In Lumine Tuo 

• Academicians: Four Columbia fac¬ 
ulty members have been elected 
Fellows of the American Academy of 
Arts and Sciences. The new members 
are Kenneth Koch, Professor of 
English and Comparative Literature, 
the well-known poet and playwright; 
Rosalind Krauss, Professor of Art 
History and Archeology, a specialist 
on modern painting, sculpture and 


photography and former editor of 
ArtForum magazine; David Walker, 
Professor of Geological Sciences, an 
experimental petrologist who has test¬ 
ed lunar samples and has researched 
planetary formation; and Arthur 
Karlin, Higgins Professor of Bio¬ 
chemistry, known for his pioneering 
work on the molecular properties of 
acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that 
communicates signals among nerve 
cells. 

Ninety-two Columbia faculty mem¬ 
bers are now fellows of the Academy, 
which was founded in 1780 by John 
Adams. 

•Seniority: The Society of Senior 
Scholars has elected three new schol¬ 
ar-teachers for the term 1994-1997, all 
of them slated to teach the core cur¬ 
riculum. The professors are Bernard 
Wishy '48, professor emeritus of his¬ 
tory at North Carolina State Univer¬ 
sity, who will teach Contemporary 
Civilization; Pierre Cachia, Professor 
Emeritus of Arabic Language and 
Literature at Columbia, who will teach 
Asian Humanities; and Craig Brush, 
professor of modern languages at 
Fordham University, who will teach 
Literature Humanities. 

Among the Senior Scholars current¬ 
ly in the core program are MacDowell 
Professor Emeritus of Music Jack 
Beeson; Professor of English and Com¬ 
parative Literature Wallace Gray; 
Professor Emeritus of History Ainslie 
Embree; John Dewey Professor Emeri¬ 
tus of Philosophy Sidney Morgen- 
besser; and Special Service Professor 
Wm. Theodore de Bary '41, director 
of the scholars. 

• Bright IDEAS: Nicholas J. Turro, the 
William P. Schweitzer Professor of 
Chemistry, received the 1994 Porter 
Medal for his pioneering contributions 
to organic photochemistry. The bien¬ 
nial medal was presented in Prague 
this July at the International Union of 
Pure and Applied Chemistry's Sym¬ 
posium on Photochemistry. 

Professor Turro has shown the 
workings of chemiluminescent reac¬ 
tions and has synthesized a range of 
dioketones, the substances that make 
firelies glow. He has also investigated 
micelles, small bubble-like aggregates 
of molecules that are formed when 
soaps are dissolved in water, provid¬ 
ing simple experimental models for 
certain biological systems; he later 


described a new method for creating 
polymers using micelles. Dr. Turro 
has also conducted ground-breaking 
experiments with zeolites, porous 
crystals with molecule-size corridors 
that, like micelles, provide microscop¬ 
ic confines within which photochemi¬ 
cal reactions can be controlled. The 
chlorination of certain hydrocarbons 
with zeolites yields products useful in 
manufacturing detergents. 

Professor Turro joined the faculty 
in 1964 and was named Schweitzer 
Professor in 1982. A member of the 
National Academy of Sciences and the 
American Academy of Arts and Sci¬ 
ences, he has published over 500 sci¬ 
entific papers, and his two textbooks 
have remained standards over the 
past three decades. 

The Columbia chemist has been a 
familiar face on campus racquetball 
courts for the past 20 years. His daugh¬ 
ter, Claire '87, was a member of the 
College's first fully coeducational class. 

• Information, please: The Alfred P. 
Sloan Foundation has given its first 
award in the field of computer sci¬ 
ence, a $30,000 fellowship, to Kenneth 
A. Ross, a Columbia junior faculty 
member, to support his work in sim¬ 
plifying access to computer databases. 

"What you want is to be able to 
make a query without having to write 
an entire computer program to get to 
the information itself," says Professor 
Ross, an Australian who received his 
Ph.D. from Stanford. Among his pre¬ 
vious awards are a 1993 Packard 
Fellowship and a National Science 



Nicholas Turro 










Columbia College Today 


15 


Transitions 


• City Hall's loss: N.Y.C. 

Sanitation Commissioner Emily 
Lloyd has been named Executive 
Vice President for Administration, in 
charge of facilities management, 
campus security, institutional real 
estate, personnel, and other func¬ 
tions, many of which were formerly 
supervised by Senior Vice President 
Joseph Mullinix, now at Yale. Ms. 
Lloyd, 49, also oversees student ser¬ 
vices in health care, housing, and 
dining. 

As sanitation chief since her 
appointment in February 1992 by 
then-Mayor (and now Columbia pro¬ 
fessor) David B. Dinkins, Ms. Lloyd 
successfully implemented city-wide 
residential and commercial recycling, 
won approval for a comprehensive 
solid waste management plan, and 
led her department through two 
severe winters. A graduate of 
Wellesley College and the University 
of Pennsylvania, Ms. Lloyd is a for¬ 
mer senior manager at the Port 
Authority of New York and New 
Jersey, and served as traffic and 
parking commissioner of the City of 
Boston under Mayor Kevin White. 

• ... And their gain: Assistant Pro¬ 
vost Kathryn Croft has been chosen 
to head the N.Y.C. Child Welfare 
Administration, Mayor Rudoph W. 
Giuliani announced in July. With an 
annual budget of $1.2 billion and a 
staff of 6,000, the agency handles 
some 47,000 foster care cases and 
investigates about 50,000 allegations 
of child abuse each year. At Colum¬ 
bia since 1992, Ms. Croft oversaw the 
Scholastic Press Association and the 
International Student Office, among 
other responsibilities. 

• New CFO: John Masten, a former 
senior official of the New York Public 
Library, has been appointed the 
University's Executive Vice President 



Emily Lloyd 


for Finance, overseeing Columbia's 
$1 billion annual operating budget 
and its $1.8 billion endowment. He 
had previously worked in the N.Y.C. 
Office of Management and Budget, 
managing the budgets of the Board 
of Education, CUNY, and the Police 
Department. 

Mr. Masten graduated from Dart¬ 
mouth College in 1969 and holds an 
M.A. from Balliol College, Oxford 
and a J.D. from Yale Law School. 

• Getting Smartt: The University's 
new Director of Security is a 21-year 
veteran of the New York City Police 
Department, George Smartt, who 
has served at Columbia for the past 
nine years in crime prevention, oper¬ 
ations and other areas. He succeeds 
Dominick Moro in the task of safe¬ 
guarding all of Columbia's facilities: 
the Morningside and Health Sciences 
campuses. Baker Field, and the up¬ 
state Lamont-Doherty and Nevis labs. 

• Departures: The campus said fare¬ 
well to several senior administrators 
this summer. 

David Auston, Dean of the Engi¬ 
neering School since 1991, has been 
named provost of Rice University. 


His tenure as dean was marked by a 
merger of the Engineering and 
College admissions and financial aid 
offices. Professor Auston, 53, is an 
authority on very high-speed opto¬ 
electronics and a member of the 
National Academy of Sciences. 

Acting Dean Donald Goldfarb, 
Professor of Industrial Engineering 
and Operations Research, is holding 
the fort. 

After seven years on campus. 
Rabbi Michael Paley has left to be¬ 
come vice president of the Wexner 
Heritage Foundation in New York. 

At Columbia, Rabbi Paley directed 
the Earl Hall Center—which compris¬ 
es the campus religious ministries 
and a variety of social and education¬ 
al programs—as well as St. Paul's 
Chapel. Under his leadership. Com¬ 
munity Impact, a student-led service 
organization, was established and 
grew to 600 members. The Rev. H. 
Scott Matheney, Columbia's Presby¬ 
terian/United Church of Christ cam¬ 
pus minister, is serving as acting 
director. 

Robert S. Early, Vice President for 
Personnel Management and Human 
Resources, has retired to pursue 
other areas of employment and labor 
mediation and to study law. In 16 
years with the University, Mr. Early 
presided over collective bargaining 
for 66 labor agreements, helped 
implement a point-of-service man¬ 
aged care medical insurance pro¬ 
gram, oversaw the addition of 
worker benefits for child care and 
computer training, and introduced 
expanded pension choices. 

• Experience: Charlene A. Smull- 
yan, who served for many years as 
department administrator of the 
College Admissions Office before 
leaving for the University's Enroll¬ 
ment Services Center two years ago, 
has been named Director of Admis¬ 
sions for the School of the Arts. Ms. 
Smullyan first joined the Columbia 
staff in 1969. 


Foundation Research Initiation 
Award, which he received in 1992. 

• Named CHAIR: John D. Rosenberg 
'50 has been named William Peterfield 


Trent Professor of English and Com¬ 
parative Literature. A specialist in 
Victorian literature and a former 
chairman of Literature Humanities, 
Mr. Rosenberg is the author of critical 


studies of Ruskin, Carlyle, and Tenny¬ 
son, as well as of a spirited defense of 
the core curriculum that recently 
appeared in these pages. He is current¬ 
ly working on a study of Walter Pater. 








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The chair is named for a noted schol¬ 
ar of Milton and Daniel Defoe who 
taught English literature at Columbia 
and Barnard from 1900 to 1928. 

• Guggenheim Fellows: A senior lit¬ 
erary scholar, a Barnard mathemati¬ 
cian, a fiction writer, and a composer 
are this year's Columbia winners of 
John Simon Guggenheim Fellowships 
to support a year's continuous work. 
The 147 awards given in 1994 average 
$27,687. The Columbia fellows and 
their projects are Robert L. Belknap, 
chairman of the Department of Slavic 
Languages and Professor of Russian, 
for analysis of the practice and theory 
of literary plot; Joan S. Birman, Pro¬ 
fessor of Mathematics at Barnard, for 
an algorithmic solution to the knot 
problem; Randall Kenan, Lecturer in 
Writing, School of General Studies, for 
fiction writing; and Jeff W. Nichols, 
Assistant Professor of Music, to com¬ 
pose five songs on poems by Douglas 
Crase for soprano and chamber 
orchestra. 

• Moving Pictures: The Program for 
Art on Film, which maintains the Art 
on Film Database, a computer index to 
more than 23,000 films, videos and 
videodisks, has become part of the 
University's School of the Arts. Jointly 
operated for ten years by the J. Paul 
Getty Trust and the Metropolitan Mu¬ 
seum of Art, the program has brought 
together art experts and media special¬ 
ists to consider new ways of present¬ 
ing art works on screen and has served 
as a resource for schools, libraries, tele¬ 
vision networks and more than 600 
major museums worldwide. The Getty 
Trust will give Columbia $500,000 in 
initial support for its operation. 

Dean Peter Smith of the School of 
the Arts said the program would 
become the first component of a new 
center for the documentary being 
formed by his school in collaboration 
with Columbia's Graduate School of 
Journalism. 

• AND SO ENSO: About every four 
years, the dangerous weather patterns 
known as El Nino or ENSO (El Nino/ 
Southern Oscillation) dramatically 
change sea surface temperatures, rain¬ 
fall patterns and atmospheric pressure 
in the tropical Pacific, and can affect 
the climate of half the planet—causing 
thousands of deaths and billions of 
dollars in damage, as it did in 1982-83. 



Ira Katznelson '66 


Mark Cane, a senior scientist at 
Columbia's Lamont-Doherty Earth 
Observatory, has developed advanced 
models that have greatly improved 
the ability to predict the appearance of 
ENSO. With Federal government 
assistance, Columbia has also begun 
training scientists from Brazil, Chile, 
Uruguay, Peru, South Africa, Aus¬ 
tralia, Indonesia and the Pacific 
Islands—some of the places most 
affected by the tropical scourge. 

Prediction is still by no means infal¬ 
lible, Dr. Cane acknowledged in a 
recent lecture before the American 
Geophysical Union in San Francisco. 
"Our model has mostly worked in 
predicting major El Nino events," he 
said. "We have missed some shorter- 
lived changes. We're still learning." 

• Alumni who teach: Ira Katznelson 
'66 has rejoined the faculty as Ruggles 
Professor of Political Science. A pio¬ 
neering theorist of class and race in the 
United States, he had been co-director 
of the Center for Politics, Theory, and 
Policy at the New School for Social 
Research for the past five years and 
had previously taught at Columbia and 
chaired the political science depart¬ 
ment at the University of Chicago. 

Mr. Katznelson was founding editor 
of Politics and Society and is the author 
of three books on urban society, per¬ 
haps most notably City Trenches: 

Urban Politics and the Patterning of 
Class in the United States (1981). 


• On BOARD: Professor of History 
Martha C. Howell has been appointed 
to the National Council on the 
Humanities, the advisory board of the 
N.E.H. She was nominated by Presi¬ 
dent Clinton in June and confirmed by 
the Senate July 1. The author of 
Women, Production and Patriarchy in 
Late Medieval Cities, Professor Howell 
has written and lectured widely on 
women's political, social and econom¬ 
ic status during the Middle Ages. She 
is a member of the editorial collective 
of the Radical History Review and a 
consulting editor to Feminist Studies. 


Dream machine 

Bernard Coakley, a geophysicist at the 
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 
has a short beard, an earring and a 
ponytail. His wardrobe tends toward 
denim. 

A recent research project, however, 
found Dr. Coakley amid a crew of 
close-cropped, clean-shaven sailors in 
crisp blue jumpsuits in the Spartan 
confines of a U.S. Navy nuclear-pow¬ 
ered submarine in the first unclassified 
scientific cruise ever taken aboard such 
a vessel. The mission was deemed 
highly successful by Columbia scien¬ 
tists, who believe it could open a new 
era of oceanographic exploration. 

"Ever since the late 1950's, when the 
pioneering cruises of the Nautilus and 
Skate first proved that nuclear sub¬ 
marines could operate and navigate 
safely in the Arctic Ocean year-round, 
scientists have dreamed of using their 
unique capabilities," said Marcus 
Langseth, a Lamont-Doherty geo¬ 
physicist. "But as long as the U.S. and 
the U.S.S.R. faced off under the Arctic 
ice, the use of nuclear submarines for 
science was only a dream." 

The end of the Cold War, though, 
has created new opportunities. 

Undeterred by the Arctic's perma¬ 
nent ice cover, fierce storms, frigid 
weather and long periods of darkness, 
a nuclear sub can explore regions vir¬ 
tually inaccessible to surface ships. The 
expedition in August and September 
1993 aboard the USS Fargo proved this 
potential, said Dr. Langseth, who was 
chairman of a committee of scientists 
that organized and coordinated the 
mission. And it showed that civilian 
scientists and Navy officers could work 
in partnership, he added. 











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17 



terns, including how waters enter the 
Arctic from the Atlantic, the Pacific 
and continental rivers. Scientists will 
also search for eddies—water masses 
similiar to air masses in weather 
fronts, which are 10 to 20 kilometers in 
diameter and transport large packets 
of water around ocean basins. 

Prospects for using subs for 
research improved markedly when 
Congress appropriated $3 million in 
last year's Defense Department bud¬ 
get for this trial cruise. Dr. Langseth 
said planning has begun for a second, 
similar cruise to the Arctic in 1995. 

For the long term, oceanographers 
hope that a military nuclear subma¬ 
rine may be dedicated for science, 
with weapons removed and operating 
crew reduced to provide more labora¬ 
tory space. "A nuclear submarine 
specifically equipped for science and 
operated by the Navy would be one 
of the most important new tools for 
U.S. scientists in the 21st century," Dr. 
Langseth said. 

"There are some serious hurdles 
that would have to be cleared to make 
the dream come true," he admits. "The 
highest is cost." Another hurdle is . 
working out "a new type of partner¬ 
ship between the U.S. Navy, the 
Navy's submarine command and aca¬ 
demic and agency scientists, since 
obviously only the Navy has the 
resources and personnel to operate a 
nuclear research submarine." 

All things considered, this "first 
date" between civilian scientists and 
nuclear submariners went quite well. 
There were bumps, of course, espe¬ 
cially when the crew made extreme 
maneuvers to practice avoiding torpe¬ 
does. "All of a sudden shoes went fly¬ 
ing everywhere," Bernard Coakley 
recalled. 

Dr. Coakley also learned quickly 
that space is at a premium on a sub. 
During his first night lying in his 
bunk, the sound of trickling water 
made him a bit edgy. Then he learned 
that the ceiling about eight inches over 
his head served as a floor for a show¬ 
er. Once he took what he calls "a 
Coca-Cola shower" when he tried to 
protect his scientific instruments from 
the drink someone spilled in the mess 
hall just above him: the floors/ceilings 
of subs are not sealed because they 
have to be removed to load gear into 
lower decks. 

And then there was the issue of 
appearances. "The crew kidded me 


Sea quest: In Arctic waters aboard the USS Pargo, Columbia scientists collaborated with the 
Navy on the first unclassified research cruise ever conducted by a U.S. nuclear submarine. 


Traveling in Arctic Ocean regions 
where systematic measurements have 
never been taken before, scientists 
aboard the submarine collected a 
wealth of data now being analyzed by 
more than 35 shore-based scientists in 
marine biology, physical and chemical 
oceanography, ice dynamics, geology, 
and atmospheric sciences. 

Some scientists are studying the 
movement and volume of the perma¬ 
nent Arctic ice pack over years, which 
is one of the most sensitive indicators 
of global climate. The ice insulates 
frigid Arctic air from the relatively 
warmer ocean water, and its long¬ 


term thinning could indicate a warm¬ 
ing of the Arctic atmosphere. 

Others are investigating threats to 
the Arctic environment caused by con¬ 
taminants from coastal runoff. Marine 
biologists are taking the first detailed 
look at the number and kinds of plants 
and animals living throughout the 
water beneath the ice, as well as their 
community structures and movements. 
Geophysicists will reveal in much 
greater detail the largely uncharted 
Arctic seafloor, enabling them to study 
the geological evolution of the region. 

Oceanographers will trace the Arctic 
Ocean's large-scale circulation pat¬ 












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that there was a bounty on my pony¬ 
tail," Dr. Coakley said. "But I came 
home with it, so I guess the bounty 
wasn't very much." 

Laurence Lippsett 


Saving the tomb of 
our best known soldier 


Columbia people tend to be fairly 
blase about the presence of one of 
America's great national monuments 
just a few steps from campus. But the 
General Grant Memorial, known pop¬ 
ularly as Grant's Tomb, was once one 
of New York City's major tourist at¬ 
tractions. For twenty years after its 
dedication in 1897—when gunboats 
fired off salutes on the Hudson, on¬ 
lookers gathered by the tens of thou¬ 
sands and West Point cadets marched 
in procession—Grant's Tomb rivaled 
even the Statue of Liberty in numbers 
of visitors. This glorious past could not 
be guessed from its present state of 
desuetude. Now, however, a recent 
Columbia College graduate has made 
it his business to bring an end to what 
he views as the worst case of neglect 
for the tomb of any American president. 

Grant's Tomb rises 159 feet on a 
bluff overlooking the Hudson River at 
122nd Street and Riverside Drive, 
across from International House and 
the Riverside Church. It is the final 
resting place of Ulysses S. Grant and 
his wife Julia, who lie side by side in 
two matching sarcophagi, Napoleonic 
in dimension, made of polished red 
Wisconsin granite, a suitably grand 
setting for the greatest military hero of 
the Civil War. 

On a typical hot summer day visit¬ 
ors are few: the tomb, which once 
drew 600,000 visitors a year, now re¬ 
ceives approximately 14,000. But the 
site is far from deserted. Children play 
in the handsome public plaza, and 
some evenings thousands throng to 
the famous free jazz concerts produced 
every year by Jazzmobile. Neighbor¬ 
hood people are drawn to the shade 
afforded by the plane trees and the 
prospect of a rest on the curious mosa¬ 
ic benches that run along either side of 
the monument, the result of a contro¬ 
versial public art project commis¬ 
sioned by the National Park Service in 
1971. Designed by the Chilean artist 
Pedro Silva with some 2,500 volun¬ 
teers from Harlem and Morningside 
Heights, the brilliantly colored free¬ 


form benches, replete with folk-art 
images of birds and bare-breasted 
maidens, contrast rather startlingly 
with the somber lines and unrelieved- 
ly gray exterior of the tomb, which 
was built from 8,000 tons of granite 
and is the largest mausoleum in North 
America. 

The alumnus who has made this 
place the center of his interest is Frank 
Scaturro '94, a resident of New Hyde 
Park, L.I., with a boundless admiration 
for Grant, a desire to see justice done 
to his memory and a not inconsider¬ 
able gift for publicity. Mr. Scaturro, 
whose love of our 18th president dates 
from his 13th year, wrote his senior 


thesis defending Grant's presidency 
from the condescension of historians. 

Hired as a volunteer at the tomb in 
1991, Mr. Scaturro filled his free time 
detailing what he regarded as the 
appalling conditions at the monu¬ 
ment—graffiti and the scars from its 
removal on the walls, the use of some 
areas as a public latrine, water damage 
from leaks in the roof, and so on. The 
report grew to 325 single-spaced pages. 
"Fie knows more about Grant's Tomb 
than anyone in America," marveled 
one of the park rangers at the tomb. 

After failing to interest his superiors 
in the Park Service in his findings, Mr. 
Scaturro released the report last Nov- 

































Columbia College Today 


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ember to the media and public offi¬ 
cials. A wave of press and television 
accounts followed, including an edito¬ 
rial in The New York Times deploring 
the tomb's “lamentable condition." 

It worked. Speaking to reporters at 
the tomb on May 11, Secretary of the 
Interior Bruce Babbitt announced that 
$400,000 had been allocated for imme¬ 
diate repairs. The secretary said he 
supported the spending of $5 million 
or more for structural repairs. 

Perhaps in emulation of his hero, a 
believer in total victory, Mr. Scaturro 
has declined to rest on the apparent 
success of his media blitz. "The 
$400,000 leaves unaddressed 95 per¬ 
cent of the problems mentioned in my 
report," he complained. “It's throwing 
nickels and dimes." Mr. Scaturro 
favors instead a $10 million plan put 
forward by local Congressman Jerrold 
Nadler '69 in an upcoming bill which 
was entirely based, Mr. Scaturro 
allows, on his own recommendations. 
These include three "perpetual" army 
guards for the site, an equestrian stat¬ 
ue of General Grant, a visitors' center, 
and other improvements. Mr. Scaturro 
also wants the benches removed. 

“They clash very seriously with the 
rest of the architecture," he says. 

He has also involved himself in the 
reincorporation of the non-profit Grant 
Association, which had managed the 
site before the National Park Service 
took it over in 1959. Together with two 
direct descendants of General Grant 
and one of General William Tecumseh 
Sherman, Mr. Scaturro has filed suit 
against the Department of the Interior 
and the National Park Service, seeking 
to compel them to take the larger cor¬ 
rective actions he thinks necessary to 
maintain what he calls the tomb's 
"reverential atmosphere." Should Rep. 
Nadler's bill pass the House, Mr. 
Scaturro believes he will assume the 
chairmanship of a special Grant 
Commission entrusted with the final 
renovation of the memorial. Mean¬ 
while he has enrolled in the University 
of Pennsylvania law school. 

O.C. 

Paxton takes the stand 

Sitting across from Robert O. Paxton 
in his book-lined office, it is hard to 
imagine that this silver-haired profes¬ 
sor was recently at the heart of a legal 
maelstrom. But ever since the Colum¬ 
bia historian first proposed that the 



Witness of bearing: Historian Robert O. Paxton, in his Fayerweather office. 


wartime regime of Vichy France had 
enjoyed widespread popular support 
for its policies of collaboration with 
Nazi Germany, passions have flared 
on all sides. His expert testimony 
recently played a crucial role in the 
first successful prosecution of a 
French citizen for crimes against 
humanity. 

Paul Touvier, formerly a regional 
intelligence chief of the Milice, the 
French auxiliary of the Gestapo, was 
accused of the 1944 execution of seven 
Jews in retaliation for a Resistance 
political assassination. The Touvier 
trial packed spectators into late-night 
court sessions in Versailles and pro¬ 
voked national soul-searching. The 
reckoning was so intense, many felt, 
because the French people, after 50 
years, had still not fully confronted 
their own role in the wartime murder 
of 75,000 Jews. Nor had they fully 


examined the reasons why many for¬ 
mer collaborators had been allowed to 
evade justice and even rise to promi¬ 
nence. 

For many years, the French appear¬ 
ed hesitant to reopen old wounds. The 
few prosecutions of war criminals 
were bogged down for years by 
bureaucratic buck-passing. Even 
Socialist President Francois Mitter¬ 
rand—who introduced the concept of 
crimes against humanity into French 
law—has expressed reservations 
about prosecuting under those laws. 
"The trials of old men lack signifi¬ 
cance," he recently said. (As a young 
man, Mr. Mitterand himself had 
served in the Vichy government 
before becoming a leader in the Re¬ 
sistance, according to a new biogra¬ 
phy by Pierre Pean.) 

Hoping to fortify its case with his¬ 
torical testimony from an impartial 








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outsider, the prosecution flew in Pro¬ 
fessor Paxton from New York. He not 
only substantiated some of the nar¬ 
rower charges facing Touvier, but also 
placed the defendant's actions into the 
wider context of the Vichy regime's 
pro-fascist policies. 

Professor Paxton's reputation was 
established by his ground-breaking 
work, Vichy France: Old Guard and New 
Order, first published in English in 
1972 and released in French transla¬ 
tion a year later. It was the first work 
to document the widespread popular 
support for the Vichy regime. Most of 
Professor Paxton's testimony this year 
was a synopsis of that work. 

"The Vichy Government's collusion 
[with Nazi Germany] was born out of 
its desire to be sovereign within its 
borders," he said in an interview with 
CCT. "They asked the Germans to 
leave the police powers intact." In 
exchange for this autonomy, "the 
French had to do the work for the 
Germans by arresting the enemies of 
the Nazis: Jews, Communists, and 
'terrorists.'" 

Vichy's collaboration increased as 
the war continued, he said. "They got 
caught in the job. As long as Vichy 
wanted to look sovereign, it had to do 
all these things, and got drawn deeper 
and deeper, but by 1944 only the zeal¬ 
ots were willing to play the game," he 
said. "By then, the Milice was inti¬ 
mately tied to the Gestapo in every¬ 
day affairs." 

On the witness stand. Professor 
Paxton wielded the dry wit and factu¬ 
al command that has served him so 
well in Columbia classrooms. Re¬ 
sponding to the assertion that some 
members of the Vichy Government 
had actually saved Jews, he noted that 
even Hitler had saved his mother's 
Jewish doctor. "It is deeply imbedded 
in the French mind that the Vichy 
regime shielded Jews. Many individu¬ 
als did, but not the government," he 
told CCT. The prosecution succeeded: 
Paul Touvier was sentenced to life 
imprisonment. 

Professor Paxton's historical out¬ 
look was influenced by his own roots 
in the Old South. The constant litany 
of praise for Confederate glory, he 
says wryly, "made me somewhat 
allergic to everybody else's pious 
memories." Before arriving at Colum¬ 
bia in 1969, the Virginian received his 
B.A. from Washington and Lee 
University in 1954, an M.A. from 


Oxford (where he was a Rhodes schol¬ 
ar in 1956), and his Ph.D. from Har¬ 
vard in 1963. He decided to write his 
doctoral thesis about the French offi¬ 
cer corps under Marshal Petain, 
because World War II Europe fascinat¬ 
ed him and, he adds, "my French was 
better than my German." As it turned 
out, he needed both languages, espe¬ 
cially when he began exploring the 
previously untouched German ar¬ 
chives of the occupation. 

In his 25 years of teaching at 
Columbia, Professor Paxton has estab¬ 
lished himself as a world-class histori¬ 
an. He has published three books on 
Vichy France and a comprehensive 
textbook on 20th-century Europe, as 
well as numerous articles for The New 
York Times, The New York Review of 
Books and other journals. A forthcom¬ 
ing work is titled De Gaulle and the 
United States, and he is also working 
on a larger study of European fascism. 
He has received high academic honors 
in both the United States and France. 
Despite his busy schedule. Professor 
Paxton makes a point to avail himself 
to his students. And students, im¬ 
pressed with his erudition and fair¬ 
ness, pack his lectures and office. 

"The Touvier trial," Professor Paxton 
summed up, "was a coming to terms 
with their own past. [The French] are 
beginning to look truthfully at their 
own history, and it is partly healing." 

As an historian who produced his 
own breakthrough research under the 
shadow of the Vietnam War, however, 
Professor Paxton is wary about draw¬ 
ing facile conclusions about national 
character. "[A]n American who looks 
honestly at collaborationist France 
must judge not only with sorrow and 
pity," he once wrote, "but with fear of 
what his own countrymen might do 
under equivalent stress." 

Shai Oster ‘94 

Alumni bulletins 

• (Light) Blue ribbon panel: The 
Board of Visitors, the College's distin¬ 
guished advisory group, has elected 
eight new members: Richard Axel '67, 
biochemist and professor at Columbia 
P&S; A. Alan Friedberg '53, motion 
picture theatre executive, of Boston; 
Eric A. Rose '71, a leading cardiotho- 
racic surgeon and professor at P&S; 
J.G. Ryu (Fr.), noted South Korean 
industrialist; David G. Sacks '44, New 


York business executive and philan¬ 
thropic leader; Arthur B. Spector '68, 
public financier and investment 
banker in New York; George L. Van 
Amson '74, New York-based interna¬ 
tional equities trader and University 
Alumni Trustee; and Richard E. 
Witten '75, foreign exchange specialist 
and investment banker in New York. 

Members are elected to three-year 
terms. 

• Alumni Medalists: Four College 
alumni were among the 11 recipients 
of the 1994 Alumni Federation medal 
for conspicuous service to the Univer¬ 
sity. The awards were presented by 
President Rupp and Alumni Feder¬ 
ation President Peter A. Basilevsky 
'67 at the annual Commencement Day 
luncheon on May 19 in Low Library. 
The College honorees were: 

Dr. Lester W. Blair '70, '74 P&S, 
who teaches medicine at N.Y.U. med¬ 
ical school and is a leader in alumni 
affairs at P&S, where he initiated a 
widely heralded program for minority 
recruitment and retention; 

Ellis B. Gardner Jr. '40, retired pres¬ 
ident and CEO of American Export 
Industries and retired chairman of 
American Export Lines, who served 
for many years as class president, 
reunion chairman, and class corre¬ 
spondent for CCT; 

James J. Phelan '55, president of 
Vance Finance and Holding Corp. and 
outgoing president of the College 
Alumni Association, who served on 
the University's Strategic Planning 
Commission and the Committee on 
the Future of Columbia College; and 

Roy R. Russo '56 of Springfield, 

Va., a partner in the law firm of Cohn 
& Marks, who was cited as an out¬ 
standing leader of regional alumni 
activities. Mr. Russo is president of the 
Columbia University Alumni Club of 
Washington, D.C. 

• A Will and a way: William C. 
Davison, 40, former deputy director of 
development at Dartmouth College, 
has been appointed Managing Di¬ 
rector of the Campaign for Columbia 
and Director of University Develop¬ 
ment. 

As of mid-September, the five-year 
capital campaign was well ahead of 
schedule, having raised $907 million of 
its $1 billion goal with more than a 
year remaining. Yet Mr. Davison sees 
room for improvement and says one of 



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his chief tasks is "trying to create some 
of the infrastructure necessary to build 
a major gifts operation." He will also 
be closely involved in developing post¬ 
campaign strategies for University 
development. 

Mr. Davison was a champion oars¬ 
man at Dartmouth, where he earned 
both a B.A. and an M.A. in liberal stud¬ 
ies. He now serves on the board of the 
National Rowing Foundation. 

In Memoriam 

The campus recently mourned the loss 
of several members of the University 
community: 

David Dudley, former Director of 
Admissions for the College, died on 
March 24 in Baskins Ridge, N.J., at the 
age of 83. 

In his one year as admissions direc¬ 
tor (1959-60), Mr. Dudley recruited 
what may have been the strongest 
class, statistically speaking, in the 
College's history: the Class of 1964, 
with median SAT scores of nearly 
1400. The class was noticeably more 
New York-based and Jewish than in 
previous years, a distinction that 
apparently upset certain elements of 
the College community and is 
believed to have contributed to Mr. 
Dudley's short tenure. The composi¬ 
tion of the class also sparked con¬ 
siderable soul-searching about the 
Columbia College admissions process 
and the relative weight assigned to 
various components of an applicant's 
profile. The Class of 1964 has since 
entered local legend as "Dudley's 
Follies" and Mr. Dudley was feted at 
its 25th reunion in 1989. 

A Harvard graduate, Mr. Dudley 
taught English at Andover and M.I.T. 
before coming at Columbia in 1958 as 
the Engineering School's director of 
undergraduate admissions. After leav¬ 
ing the University, he directed admis¬ 
sions at the Illinois Institute of 
Technology. Though he officially 
retired in 1975, he continued to teach at 
Mary Holmes College and the Missis¬ 
sippi University for Women until 1985. 
Alfred Knox Frazer, Professor of Art 
History, who taught at Columbia for 
28 years, died of cancer at his home in 
Larchmont, N.Y. on May 23. He was 66. 

Professor Frazer, a native of Birm¬ 
ingham, Ala., was an expert on the 
monumental, domestic and sacred 
architecture of antiquity, from the 



David Dudley 


Greeks to the early Christian and 
Byzantine periods. The author of Key 
Monuments in the History of Archi¬ 
tecture (1965) and other works, he was 
a former director of the Society of 
Architectural Historians and the 
College Art Association. 

Eric Holtzman '59, chairman of the 
department of biological sciences, was 
found dead in his office in Fairchild 
Hall on April 6, an apparent suicide. 

An inspiring teacher and respected 
researcher. Professor Holtzman made 
significant contributions to knowledge 
of cell membranes and cell communi¬ 
cation. His research on lysosomes, 
structures within cells that break 
down harmful substances, aided med¬ 
ical researchers in the study of degen¬ 
erative human diseases. He also 
investigated how cells manufacture 
certain proteins and their functions 
within cells. 

Professor Holtzman began teaching 
at Columbia in 1966 and became a full 
professor in 1975; he served as biology 
department chairman from 1982 to 
1988 before starting his current term 
in 1993. An antiwar activist as a stu¬ 
dent, he continued his political 
involvement as a faculty member, 
supporting student demands during 
the 1968 uprising and spearheading 
scientific exchanges with Cuban uni¬ 
versities in the 1970's. 

Professor Holtzman had been voted 


the Great Teacher Award this spring; 
the prize was presented posthumous¬ 
ly. His colleague Richard Axel '67 has 
established the Holtzman Summer 
Research Fellowships at Columbia 
P&S, to allow College students wish¬ 
ing to pursue careers in biomedical 
research to gain access to advanced 
medical laboratories. 

A eulogy by his longtime colleague, 
former College Dean Robert E. Pollack 
'61, appears on page 72. 

Edward B. McMenamin, Secretary of 
the University from 1961 until his 
retirement in 1972, died April 18 in 
Manhattan. He was 82 and had been 
living in Bridgehampton, N.Y. 

A World War II Marine Corps veter¬ 
an, Mr. McMenamin was a former 
government official who took part in 
the Marshall Plan and other economic 
initiatives before joining Columbia in 
1957. During his time at the University 
he also served as associate provost and 
personnel director. In retirement he 
acted as a consultant to the City of 
Boston, the Aspen Institute, and sever¬ 
al environmental agencies. 

Edith Porada, Arthur Lehman Pro¬ 
fessor Emeritus of Art History and 
Archeology, died March 24 in Hono¬ 
lulu. She was 81. 

A world-renowned authority on 
ancient cylinder seals, she wrote what 
is still the standard reference work on 
the subject. Corpus of Ancient Near 
Eastern Seals in North American 
Collections (1948). She was the author 
of nine other books, including The Art 
of Ancient Iran (1965). Before coming to 
Columbia in 1958, Professor Porada 
held positions at the Metropolitan 
Museum of Art and Queens College. 
She received numerous fellowships 
and awards in Europe and the U.S., 
including honorary doctorates from 
Smith and Columbia. In 1983, two 
years after she retired, the University 
established the Edith Porada profes¬ 
sorship in her honor. 









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The President's Box 


The core of the matter 


by Martin S. Kaplan '61, 

President, Columbia College Alumni Association 


T his academic year marks the 
75th anniversary of the 
College's core curriculum. Several 
events of a celebratory nature are 
planned to commemorate this 
anniversary: Dean's Day 1995, 
which will emphasize the core, and 
the Alexander Hamilton Dinner, 
which this year will be held on 
Thursday, November 17, in the 
Whale Room of New York's 
Museum of Natural History. This 
unusual and splendid site was cho¬ 
sen, not only for its long connection 
to Columbia University, but also 
because we hope this Hamilton 
Dinner will be the largest and most 
successful in the 48-year history of 
the award. 

This year the Alumni Association 
is awarding its Alexander Hamilton 
Medal to the Tenured Teachers of 
the Core, all those who over the 
years have demonstrated a commit¬ 
ment to the concept of a thoughtful 
and universal core curriculum. We 
are delighted that University Pro¬ 
fessor Emeritus Jacques Barzun '27, 
former Provost and one of our most 
eminent teachers, writers and 
philosophers, has agreed to accept 
the award in a representative capac¬ 
ity on behalf of the honorees. We 
look forward to Professor Barzun's 
eloquent commentary. The Alumni 
Association has invited all current 
tenured faculty members who have 
taught the Core to be our guests at 
the dinner, as well as a number of 
retired professors who played a sig¬ 
nificant role in the general education 
curriculum. 

University President Emeritus 
Michael I. Sovern '53 and John W. 
Kluge '37, the chairman of Metro¬ 
media—each of whom is a past 


medalist—have graciously agreed 
to serve as Honorary Co-Chairs of 
the Hamilton Dinner Committee, 
and all living past recipients of the 
award have been invited to serve as 
members of the Honorary Dinner 
Committee. Our distinguished 
Dinner Committee Co-Chairs are 
Vincent A. Carrozza '49, Philip L. 
Milstein '71, and Bernard W. 
Nussbaum '58. 

O ver the next two years, we hope 
to make great strides toward 
the implementation of the important 
recommendations of the 1993 Report 
of the Committee on the Future of 
Columbia College* As most of you 
know, the Alumni Association 
Board had a good deal to do with 
that report. Our task now is to help 
realize what we saw as the Com¬ 
mittee on the Future's primary goal, 
that of making the College recog¬ 
nized as "the pre-eminent under¬ 
graduate college in any major 
university in America by the year 
2000 ." 

Among the most crucial of the 
report's recommendations are to 
strengthen and maintain the integri¬ 
ty of the very thing we will all be 
celebrating at the Hamilton Dinner 
and on Dean's Day: our core cur¬ 
riculum. Another, related recom¬ 
mendation was to develop a first- 
class College Library. We plan to 
pursue these and other vital curricu¬ 
lar goals, such as development of 
improved foreign language courses 
and better departmental staffing of 
foreign language teaching, improve¬ 


ment of senior thesis opportunities 
and of the entire upper class curricu¬ 
lum of the College. 

In the area of student life the 
Alumni Association plans to assist 
administration efforts to renovate or 
replace Ferris Booth Hall; to move 
ahead on instituting the house sys¬ 
tem; to replace or renovate the lower 
quality residence halls; to create a 
new program of alumni mentorship 
and to enhance student recruitment 
strategies (playing up the unique 
advantage of our location in New 
York). 

The quality of Columbia's public 
relations, both on the local and 
national level, is much in need of 
improvement. Our own Association 
needs to work on improving com¬ 
munications with its members; one 
way to do this, following a recom¬ 
mendation of the Report, is to sup¬ 
port the renaissance of our alumni 
magazine, Columbia College Today. 

L et us hear from you: We have an 
outstanding board of directors 
which is devoting itself to all these 
many related problems and goals 
through a variety of subcommittees. 
If you wish to join in the effort, 
please write to me at the College 
Office of Alumni Affairs and 
Development (address below). 

We do not underestimate the 
difficulties which lie ahead as we 
take up this work, but the potential 
rewards, for the College and all its 
friends, are even greater. 


* Copies of the full report can be obtained from Jim McMenamin, Dean of 
College Relations, 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 917, New York, N.Y. 10115; or call 
(212) 870-3441. 










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Reunion '94: 

If the whole 
weekend is 
just a blur, 
don't worry. 
Our camera 
was loaded. 

Photos by Nick Romanenko '82 
and Kirstin Wortman 


Wanda Holland '89 remembered to bring her beanie. 


Joan Rose greeted folks at Ferris Booth. 


The Cat in the Hat showed up. 

























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The Class of '69 presented the College with a million-dollar reunion fund. Left to 
right: Joe Materna, John Marwell, President Rupp, Nick Garaufis, Dean Marcus, 
Eric Wit kin, Richard Rapaport. 



Three generations of the Johnson family attended. Left to right: Jennifer '96, Roland 
70, Virginia, Louisa and Winton Johnson '34. 



















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Dancing styles varied from couple to couple .. . 


The D-Day Class decided to do lunch. 


Fon Boardman '34 consulted the program. 





















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Professor Andrew Delbanco lectured on Evil. 



Even students joined the party. 


















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Professor Ken Jackson led a walking tour of Harlem. 



Some family members enjoyed the reunion more than others. The Garaufis clan: Jamie, Eleanor Prescott, Matthew, and Nick '69. 


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Sing a song of Momingside 


In its centennial year, the student theatrical that gave the world 
Rodgers, Hart and Hammerstein is still worth celebrating. 

by Thomas Vinciguerra '85 















































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8 :04 P.M. THE LIGHTS DIM. A rustle of 
murmurs and programs. 

Darkness ... a few moments of suspended 
reality. 

Overture. Up curtain. Up music. 

Lights! Noise! Dancing figures who, even as 
the eyes try to take in the spectacle, proclaim 
their presence: 

The lines are long at the registrar's, 

The pub cafe and at campus bars; 

We live with lasting mental scars 
From lectures packed like subway cars! 

We are the caped crusaders of the campus scene, 

The monkey wrench of the bureaucratic machine; 

And if you think that we're not too polite, 

Or that we're picking a fight, 

Well, you're probably right! 

The words date from the very recent past. 
But the spirit is timeless. It is the Columbia 
Varsity Show, all 100 years of it. 

Calling the Varsity Show an undergraduate 
musical comedy and leaving it at that is like 
calling the Bill of Rights a list, or saying that 
Socrates talked a lot. The Varsity Show is an 
institution of Ivy-entwined heritage, as much 
a part of Columbia as the Light Blue, Van Am, 
and Hamilton Hall. It is a chronicle of lives 
and times on both sides of the 116th Street 
gates, and, as the show's lively program notes 
proclaim, "its thespian clutches have tradi¬ 
tionally ensnared the College's most lyrical 
talents." 

Over the course of its 100 years, the Varsity 
Show has constituted a virtual palimpsest of 
Columbia. Simultaneously celebratory and 
derisive, the show reveals in skit and song the 
student Zeitgeist. Everything is up for grabs: 
pompous classmates, the winds of war, the 
mayhem that is New York, (un)requited love, 
the core curriculum, the President of the 
University and of the U.S.—in short, the sum 
total of what is on the minds of Columbia's 
typically intelligent, witty, frightened, jaded, 
hormone-driven 17-to-21 -year-olds. 

Along with a few other activities— Spectator, 
WKCR, Philolexian—the Varsity Show has 
long been a signpost of future greatness. In his 
autobiography. Musical Stages, Richard 
Rodgers '23 acknowledged the role that the 
show played in his development as one of the 
shapers of the modern musical: 

Beyond doubt, the Triangle Show at Princeton 
and the Hasty Pudding Show at Harvard were 
classier ventures, because Princeton and 
Harvard were classier schools. But the Varsity 
Show at Columbia offered a boy like me some¬ 
thing no other school in the country could sup¬ 
ply: an almost professional production. There 
were experienced directors, a beautifully 
equipped stage with good lighting situated in 


the heart of the Broadway theatre district, and 
best of all, professional musicians in the pit. 

Here, certainly, were near-ideal working con¬ 
ditions; here, possibly, was an opportunity that 
could be of incalculable help in furthering my 
career. 

Everyone, of course, knows about Rodgers; 
they also know that Oscar Hammerstein II '16 
and Lorenz Hart '18 were Varsity Show alum¬ 
ni as well. 

But consider the others who have written, 
performed, directed, "teched," or otherwise 
been in on the show: William de Mille '00, 
president of the Academy of Motion Picture 
Arts and Sciences; the prolific playwright 
George Middleton '02; Raphael Kuhner 
Wupperman '04, who as "Ralph Morgan" 
would co-found Actors Equity and the Screen 
Actors Guild, serving as first president of the 
latter; Frank Fackenthal '06, later Secretary 
and Acting President of the University; the 
movie scenarist and director Ken Webb '06; 
his brother Roy Webb '10, writer of scores for 
Abe Lincoln in Illinois, Notorious, Marty, and 
some 300 other films; Dixon Ryan Fox 'll, 
president of Union College; the noted lyricist 
Howard Dietz '17, who also headed publicity 
for MGM; the screenwriters Albert Maltz '30 
(Destination Tokyo and one of the "Hollywood 
Ten") and William Ludwig '32 (Oscar co-win¬ 
ner for Interrupted Melody ); John Latouche '37, 
lyricist for Cabin in the Sky, The Golden Apple, 
and other Broadway hits; the poet Robert Lax 
'38; the Emmy-winning teleplaywright Ernest 
(Roots) Kinoy '46 ... 

That's a partial listing. Many more to come. 
Stefan Rudnicki '66, president of the 
Skyboat Road Company and a veteran drama 
teacher, recently reflected on why the show 
has meant so much to so many alumni: 

It allowed me to bite off more than I could 
chew, and keep chewing—and keep chewing 
and keep chewing! At the same time, it was a 
tremendous collaborative opportunity. The 
Varsity Show really pointed me in the direc¬ 
tion of understanding the collaborative 
process, and then loving it and passing it on to 
others. It's a life experience—something with¬ 
out which we are the poorer. 

T he Varsity Show began life at the end of 
the last century as a fund-raiser for the 
College's fledgling athletic teams. At the time, 
money for athletics was scarce, coming almost 
entirely from student and alumni pockets. It 


CCT Managing Editor Thomas Vinciguerra '85 
directed, performed, and wrote—in ascending 
order of competence—portions of the Varsity 
Shows Columbia Graffiti and Fear of 
Scaffolding. 






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il-COLUMBK-COLlEGE-MUSaLSOCETY 


In the beginning: Above, the program for the first Varsity Show, Joan of Arc (1894). 
The early shows were marked by exotic locales and outsized characters; the cast of 1911's 
Made In India (above, left) was typical. At right, the debonair Ray Thompson '04 pours 
for the comely Ralph Morgan ‘04, future president of the Screen Actors Guild, in The Isle 
of Illusia (1904). At far right, one of the most versatile Varsity Show talents, Walter E. 
Kelley ‘07, as "Billy the Wise, a Soothsayer" in Ides of March (1907). 


seems the Trustees had the odd notion that 
Columbia would soon become a world-class 
university and could probably dispense with 
its unruly undergraduates altogether. Sport 
was hardly a top priority. 

To fill the coffers, the Columbia College 
Dramatic Club (the "Strollers") was estab¬ 
lished in 1886. The proceeds from their first 
performance were donated to the varsity 
crew, and for several years afterward, profits 
from Strollers shows were slated for various 
sports clubs. There was no burning desire for 
theatricals for their own sake. Indeed, athletic 
financing was thought so important that 
Spectator wrote in 1893, "This, it would seem 
to any clear-headed and reasonable person, 
should be the first aim of a dramatic club." 

But the Strollers began filling their ranks 
with non-students and keeping for themselves 
the money they raised. Loyal College men, 
smelling treachery, denounced the Dramatic 
Club's use of "Columbia" in its name. 

So there was widespread approval when 
the Columbia College Musical Society 
announced an original musical extravaganza 
to be written and performed by College stu¬ 
dents, to benefit the Columbia College 
Athletic Union. "The mis en scene [sic] will 
leave nothing to be desired," they assured. 

The show, Joan of Arc, or The Monarch, The 


Maid, The Minister, and The Magician, by Guy 
Wetmore Carryl '95, debuted in April 1894. 
Surviving accounts indicate a huge success. 
"The Columbia College Musical Society cov¬ 
ered itself with glory as with a garment at the 
Academy last night by its brilliant perfor¬ 
mance," wrote the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. And 
the Columbia Literary Monthly editorialized. 

Coming at the present time, when our alma 
mater is just about entering on the broader life 
and the wider fields of activity which the 
future undoubtedly holds in store for her, this 
departure from old methods is most gratifying 
... [I]n the Musical Society, which is hence¬ 
forth to represent us in the field of dramatics, 
we have a body of men who are not only capa¬ 
ble, but loyal to the college of their choice. 

W ith fits, starts, and frequent revivals of 
its first few entries, the Varsity Show 
entered the 20th century. Only in 1900, 
though, with The Governeds Vrouw (whose 
authors included Melville Cane '00 and John 
Erskine '00) was it formally identified as "The 
Varsity Show," in tribute to the varsity teams 
it benefited. 

Joan of Arc set the pattern, namely, a satirical 
period piece laden with contemporary refer¬ 
ences (in this case, the "All-France Football 
Team"). In short order ancient Egyptians, 


















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swashbucklers, Romans, American Indians, 
Arab viziers, and other colorful figures 
appeared to regale the audiences. Such depic¬ 
tions often involved stereotypes, notably 
blackface. Typical characters were "M. Issing 
Link," played by Walter E. Kelley ‘07, and 
"Washington Snow," in reality none other 
than Oscar Hammerstein. 

The show also ventured into outright fanta¬ 
sy. In The Mischief Maker (1903), the queen of 
the planet Venus and her entourage fall for 
Earthmen who have been transported there 
via a "magic spyaphone." Two of the writers 
would garner particular renown in later years: 
Arthur Garfield Hays '02, for his part in the 
ACLU defense team at the Scopes "Monkey 
Trial," and Edgar Allan Woolf '01, for co-writ¬ 
ing the screenplay to The Wizard of Oz. 

(Legend has it that Stanford White was 
watching Woolfs transplanted Varsity Show 
at Madison Square Garden on the night Harry 
Thaw shot him to death. Actually, it was 
Woolf's first professional effort, Mamzelle 
Champagne.) 

It is no accident that the early shows seem 
quaintly ornate in retrospect. Broadway 
musical comedy as we understand it did not 
yet exist; operetta and burlesque were the 
staples of the New York stage. The Varsity 
Show exploited both to maximum comic effect 


by burlesquing the convoluted, melodramatic 
plots of operettas. Try following this excerpt 
from the synopsis of The Khan ofKathan (1905), 
which takes place before the curtain has even 
risen: 

The plot of the play hinges on the trials and 
tribulations of Bintulu, the Khan of the mythi¬ 
cal island Kathan, which is laid somewhere in 
the Indian Ocean. Bintulu has usurped the 
throne from his brother Jick-Ju twenty years 
before the show begins, and set Kassim, the 
heir to the throne, adrift on the ocean, forget¬ 
ting to remove a jeweled necklace which 
proves who is the rightful heir. Kassim is 
rescued and loses the necklace, which falls into 
the hands of an American girl, Joy by name. 
Bintulu falls in love with Adella, the princess 
of another imaginary country, Yugga Karta, 
and, as he has a collection of wives, he decides 
to add Adella to his harem. She has meanwhile 
fallen in love with Kassim, and has sworn to 
marry only the man who brings her the jew¬ 
eled necklace. Bintulu, however, gets her 
Prime Minister, Louis Lunatic, to bring her to 
his court, where he means to force her to marry 
him. 

After years of this sort of thing, the produc¬ 
ers spoofed their own spoofing with On Your 
Way (1915), the first Varsity Show that was a 
revue of songs and sketches, rather than a 












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Red hot cosmic consciousness! 

Toodle-oo! Toodle-oo! 

Red hot cosmic consciousness! 

Epicureanism, too. 

(Hot Dante!) 

You've heard of Freddie Nietzsche, 

Superman Power; 

But have you ever necked with 
Artie Schopenhauer? 

—"Red Hot Cosmic Consciousness" from 
His Majesty, the Queen (1926), lyrics by Alan M. Max ‘27 

And then at ten last night 
We were dancing in the 'Plex. 

He told me all along 

He'd just been using me for sex. 

I handled the situation 
With diplomacy and grace. 

I started calmly screaming 
And I punched him in the face. 

—"Dis Song" from The Silence of the Lions (1991), 
lyrics by Dara-Lynn Weiss '92 


book musical. The antagonist was "Argument 
Story, The Plot of the Play," whom all of the 
characters were desperately trying to lose. He 
was ultimately arrested onstage. 

By this time, the original purpose of the 
show—to generate sports revenue—had been 
abandoned; the budget had grown to the 
point where the box office was lucky to break 
even. As early as 1898, one report stated, "no 
Columbia show of recent years has been put 
on for less than $5,000," with costs like $900 
for costumes and $400 for the orchestra. 

Therefore in 1904 (or 1906; accounts vary), 
wishing to break the fundraising connection 
once and for all, some Varsity veterans orga¬ 
nized the Columbia University Players and 
dedicated themselves to producing the show 
as an annual event in its own right. 

U nder the guidance of the Players, 

production of the Varsity Show settled 
down to a routine that would, with minor 
variations, last for two generations. 

Planning would start in the fall with the 
announcement of a competition to write the 
book. The results depended on the talent at 
hand: some years would see half a dozen 
entries vying for the laurels, while in others, 
there was a scramble to come up with any¬ 
thing halfway decent. 

As for scenarios, the contest was—pun 
intended—an open book. The action might 
take place anywhere: a kingdom, a street cor¬ 
ner, the corridors of power. Generally present 
was a good dose of topical humor. Herman 
Mankiewicz '17, the future Oscar-winning 
screenwriter of Citizen Kane, lampooned 
Henry Ford's ill-advised World War I peace 
mission in The Peace Pirates (1916) by wrecking 


the delegates on a desert island. As the U.S. 
Marines were ending their lengthy occupation 
of Nicaragua, Arnold Auerbach '32 wrote How 
Revolting! (1932), which took place in the land 
of Mexicagua and featured a Jewish bullfight¬ 
er from Brooklyn. 

The Russian Revolution inspired Fly With 
Me (1920), the only show to combine the tal¬ 
ents of Rodgers, Hart, and Hammerstein. Set 
50 years in the future, the musical depicted the 
"Love Laboratory" of "Bolsheviki U.," on a 
Soviet-ruled island off the coast of North 
America. A student-led revolution, fuelled by 
romance, overthrows the Soviet system. 

With book in hand, music would follow. 
Because the same motifs tended to recur (boy 
meets girl, boy loses girl, boys and girls bad- 
mouth each other), composers had a fair idea 
of what was expected of them. The noted jazz 
pianist Dick Hyman '48, who composed Dead 
to Rights (1947), remembers being obliged to 
keep open "space for the requisite number of 
ballads, peppy songs, and so on." Philip 
Springer '50, who would pen the Christmas 
novelty "Santa Baby," found that composing 
Streets of New York (1948) and Wait For It (1950) 
entailed the same elements as the songs he 
was selling on Tin Pan Alley at the time—sim¬ 
plicity and catchiness. 

Once they are sung, most Varsity Show 
songs go back in the trunk (where many of 
them belong). There are notable exceptions. 
The plot of Fly With Me was far-flung, but its 
signature tune has become a local standard: 

Bull-dogs run around New Haven, 

Harvard paints old Cambridge red; 

Even poor old Philadelphia 

Really has a college, it is said; 

Williamstown belongs to Williams; 

Princeton's tiger stands at bay; 

But old New York won't let 
the world forget that 

There's a college on Broadway. 

Unimpressed by such artistry was Corey 
Ford '23, who reviewed Fly With Me for Jester, 
the humor magazine. "I panned it unmerciful¬ 
ly and, with rare critical foresight, predicted 
that its creators would never be heard from 
again," he later wrote in The Time of Laughter. 

He went on, "I had bragged rashly in my 
review that I could do a better job myself, and 
accordingly I was challenged to write the 
book and lyrics of the 1923 Varsity Show." 

His bombast paid off. With Perry Ivins '20, 
Mr. Ford wrote Half Moon Inn, perhaps the 
best, and best-known. Varsity Show of all 
time. As any true son of Knickerbocker 
knows, the finale, "Bold Buccaneers," by Ford, 
Morris Watkins '24, and Roy Webb, would 
later get new lyrics and a new title: "Roar, 
Lion, Roar." 







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Pulchritude: No element of the Varsity Show was more relished than the pony ballet; shown here are the chorines in Oh Hector! (1929). When 
Preston Munter '46 tried to open one show with the ballet, he got an argument from director of King's Crown Activities Ben Hubbard, for many years 
the unofficial upholder of tradition, who insisted the ballet had to go in the middle of the acts. "He was a very nice, portly child who had never grown 
up," said Dr. Munter. 


A nd now, our cast—always a challenge. 

How to bring to life Nicholas Murray 
Butler, King George VI, or Mayor Jimmy 
Walker? Alma Mater herself has risen from 
her throne on many occasions; Raymond 
Appelgate '31 in Oh Hector! (1929) was one of 
the early ones. Perhaps the most notorious 
personage ever to be depicted in a Varsity 
Show was Adolf Hitler in Off Your Marx 
(1936), played by Carl Schorske '36, the future 
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian. 

That particular show may have set a record 
for most dictators on one stage. Mussolini and 
Stalin were H. R. Lieberman '37 and Pierre 
Kolisch '39, respectively; Haile Selassie was J. 
Franklin Bourne '37, a black student, who Mr. 
Schorske said played the role "very 
straight"—a far cry from the days of burnt- 
cork minstrelism. 

The actual quality of the performances was 
often suspect. As Spec said in 1900, "In a 
review of any Varsity Show, the book, lyrics 
and music are of greater importance than the 
acting, which can never be taken very 


seriously." 

Was it really that bad? 

"Good lord!" responded Jacques Barzun '27, 
author of Zuleika, Or The Sultan Insulted (1928). 
"The voices were badly trained, if at all, and a 
couple of the people might be taking theatre 
work at Teachers College—to teach theatre to 
schoolchildren." 

It's not that Columbia students were partic¬ 
ularly inept. True, one manager was heard to 
groan during a less-than-ideal rehearsal, "Oh, 
if this were only a professional show, and I 
could fine 'em or fire 'em." But rather, apply¬ 
ing dramatic theory in an actual theatre was 
considered a manual art, and therefore not 
part of an intellectual curriculum. For many 
years, the College offered no practical dramat¬ 
ic instruction. 

Ergo, the Varsity Show was traditionally 
directed—as well as choreographed and 
orchestrated— by outside professionals. Often 
as not, alumni did the honors. For many years, 
the director's chair was occupied by Paul 
Winkopp '25, a veteran vaudevillian and 







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writer for the radio show Peep and Snoop. 

"He was a tall, lean, very bright man who 
was in show business," remembered Herman 
Wouk '34, who in his pr e-Caine Mutiny days 
wrote Home, James (1933) and Laugh It Off 
(1934). "If he thought a song needed work, 
he'd just sit down and write a number. A very 
facile guy." 

C olumbia has never had a great theatre to 
equal the regal spaces downtown—like 
Carnegie Hall and the ballrooms of landmark 
hotels like the Astor and the old Waldorf- 
Astoria. So for half a century, the show was 
put on in precisely these august surroundings, 
with the music issuing from an orchestra that 
was fully professional and 20 or more strong. 

Inconvenient though it might have been for 
the students, the distance from 116th Street 
had a salutary effect. The audience was filled 
with serious theatregoers (who ordinarily 
wouldn't venture far uptown) and with news¬ 



Stardom: The publicity crew would often snap pictures of the cast with whatever celebri¬ 
ties could be rounded up. Here, Ethel Merman helps Martin Manulis '35 with his make¬ 
up in preparation for the 1935 show, Flair-Flair, the Idol of Paree. "And 1 thought I was 
raucous," Mr. Manulis recalled. 


paper critics, who in those days were more 
numerous. Moreover, being in a classy joint 
tended to elevate the whole enterprise. 

"It was supposed to be a real entertain¬ 
ment," said Jacques Barzun. "A junior offering 
to what was on Broadway. It was quite—what 
shall I say?— distingue ." 

Inevitably, though, there were things that 
no amount of polish could prevent—the tech¬ 
nical mishap, the missed cue, the forgotten 
line. During one performance of Saints Alive 
(1942), Gerald Green '42—who later wrote 
Holocaust and The Last Angry Man —was 
engaged in one of his legendary Groucho 
Marx impersonations when he tripped over a 
cable. "God damn these German spies," he 
grunted, eliciting an unintended roar. 

In Feathertop (1967), Richard Kandrac '68 
played a witch's henchman who had a habit of 
lighting pieces of flash paper and tossing them 
back over his head. But there was this one 
flame that landed on top of his wig ... the fire 
was quickly patted out. "I could use some of 
that hair today," Mr. Kandrac muses. 

The Varsity Show generally ran for a week 
and occasionally went on the road, perform¬ 
ing in Pittsburgh, Washington, the New York 
suburbs and elsewhere. 

T he undisputed high point of the traditional 
Varsity Show was always—but always — 
the pony ballet. 

Now, anyone who studied Shakespeare 
knows that cross-dressing is a time-honored 
device in the theatre, mainly because a respect¬ 
able woman's place was never on the stage. 

Less clear is why otherwise sane Ivy 
Leaguers would tear the house down watch¬ 
ing a bunch of skirt-wearing, sweaty, muscle- 
bound behemoths, rouged and wigged to the 
hilt, clunking around in high heels with the 
barest sense of grace or rhythm. 

Basically, it was a case of the most laugh for 
the buck. Not that it started that way; the early 
ballets were not especially outrageous. "What 
a transformation has been wrought when they 
appear all complete in their flaxen wigs!" 
wrote one observer of The Conspirators (1906). 
"Taken at a distance (and in this case distance 
always lends a decided enchantment), they 
appear passably feminine, and elicit generous 
applause." Robert Schnitzer '27, a veteran of 
the ballet, recalled his compatriots' earnest 
attempts to look and act female: "We weren't 
camp at all." 

By the late 30's and early 40's, however, all 
pretense of verisimilitude was gone. Instead, 
press releases trumpeted the ballet's "com¬ 
bined weight of more than two tons." 

"What they did was go out and get as many 
big, horsey guys as they could," remembered 
Ogden Beresford '43. "As long as you were 
big and ugly enough and laughed a lot, you 










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Look, Ma—no stockings! Five of the 31 ponies from the 1940 show, Life Begins in '40, cavort in front of Low Library. Left to right: senior George 
Romm, freshman Ogden Beresford, and seniors Holcomb Jones, Joseph Haimes, and William Evers. Some say the undisguised boyishness of the pony 
ballet arose in reaction to a period when the ponies went overboard in the cultivation of their femininity. In the ballet's later, beefier version, there was 
no possibility of sexual confusion. "We were the biggest kloogs on campus," said Mr. Beresford. 


were in." 

To a man, the ponies took their womanhood 
seriously. "They worked three hours every 
afternoon," said former Lion football coach 
John Bateman '38, who essayed such decided¬ 
ly female roles as Mae West and Brenda 
Frazier—and whose escort in 1939's Fair 
Enough was All-America quarterback Sid 
Luckman '39. "Some of them lost ten pounds, 
others lost twenty." (Others grew up to be 
Henry King '48, present chairman of the 
Board of Trustees.) 

The pony ballet was invariably a show-stop¬ 
per. One hula number, Mr. Bateman said, got 
11 curtain calls; the ponies took so many bows 
that their grapefruit kept falling out of their 
brassieres. 

So entrenched was the custom that tumult 
erupted at the announcement that women (!) 
would appear in Off Your Marx in 1936. 


Hundreds of angry students signed petitions 
and otherwise protested the sacrilege. But 50 
females auditioned for the lead. The produc¬ 
ers chose Sue Slough of Teachers College, who 
was, in the fond memory of Seymour Nadler 
'36, the show's author, both beautiful and 
articulate. "She was the kind of girl you could 
take home to mother ... and look out for 
father." 

Some 1,200 spectators packed the grand 
ballroom of the Hotel Lismore on opening 
night—"in grim show-me attitude," recalled 
Morrie Watkins in these pages in 1969. Then 
the unexpected happened: 

Following a dance number by the girls, a 
riotous situation developed. With a new twist, 
an ominous chant arose from the audience: 

"We want the girls!" The curtain was lowered. 

To make the long story short, show director 
Paul Winkopp '25 proceeded to handle the 





















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HOTEL WALDORF'ASTORIA 


Programming: Programs for a revival of Half Moon 
Inn (1923), which gave the world "Roar, Lion, Roar," 
and for Zuleika (1928), the handiwork of a graduate 
student in history named Jacques Barzun '27. 


crowd in masterly 
fashion, with the result 
that the play got off its 
mark once more, and 
ran to the finish. 

The women in the 1937 
show. Some of the People, 
didn't fare as well. The 
New York Sun reported, 
"Undergraduates bor¬ 
rowed a technic [sic] 
from the Bronx in disap¬ 
proving the presence of 
girls in the cast... 
Bananas and pennies, 
hardly from heaven, pelt¬ 
ed the stage as the girls 
appeared." 

The upshot: women 
didn't make it back until 
Not Fit To Print in 1956. 
Even then, tradition died 
hard. In 1959, Norman 
Hildes-Heim '60, having 
grown up on Varsity 
Show tales told by family 
friend Richard Rodgers, 
bypassed Players and 
with classmate Frank 
Decker wrote an alterna¬ 
tive (i.e. really old-fash¬ 
ioned) show. Nothing 
Sacred. True to the past, 
the company was not 
only all-male but com¬ 
posed mainly of jocks: "It 
was cast in the boat¬ 
house," said leading man 
Neilson Abeel '62. 
Among the women were 
Oscar Garfein '61, who 
remembered wearing a 
genuine Chanel dress, 
and Vinnie Chiarello '61, 
who less than seven 
years later would be shot 
down over North 
Vietnam as a lieutenant 
colonel in the Air Force. 

On opening night, 
Messrs. Rodgers and 
Hammerstein themselves 
were out in front. "They offered to take it to 
Broadway," said Mr. Hildes-Heim, "but some 
of our cast members weren't doing too well 
academically—so we didn't go." 

C orey Ford may have written the premier 
Varsity Show, and Rodgers, Hammer¬ 
stein and Hart were the alumni who achieved 
the greatest national acclaim, but for sheer 
Varsity Show eclat, the winner is I. A. L. 


Diamond '41. Diamond was the only man to 
write four consecutive Varsity Shows, and he 
did it solo. Such was the quality of his work 
that when he graduated, there was genuine 
concern over whether the show could carry on 
without him. 

Diamond was Billy Wilder's screen writing 
partner on such classics as Some Like It Hot, 

The Fortune Cookie, and The Apartment, for 
which the team won an Oscar. The cynicism, 
worldliness, and contempt for unscrupulous¬ 
ness that marked their films was already evi¬ 
dent in Diamond's Varsity Show writing. In 
You've Got Something There (1938), he depicted 
the resurrection of the country's Founding 
Fathers and their involvement in President 
Butler's scheme to raise $50 million for the 
University. Eventually they are accused of un- 
American activities and exiled to an Alaskan 
concentration camp, but wind up on radio 
endorsing "Plucky Tripe Cigarettes." 

His shows rocked with satiric wit. But to his 
friends, Izzy Diamond put on a different face. 

"He never made jokes in his small talk—he 
saved it all for his writing," remembered 
Gerald Green. "He'd sit there—silent, brood¬ 
ing, chain-smoking, his eyes half-closed, never 
saying a thing. Someone would try to get his 
opinion on a scene and they'd ask, 'What do 
you think?' He'd just shrug and close his eyes. 
That meant he didn't like it. He was a pres¬ 
ence, and he wasn't even there." 

T he Varsity Show was a temporary casual¬ 
ty of the Second World War. With those 
students not yet in uniform accelerating 
through classes so they could graduate before 
being called up, College rolls barely existed. I. 
A. L. Diamond had written a spare show, but 
the manpower shortage was just too acute; 
there was no show in 1943. Not since 1895, 
when the writers of The Buccaneer withdrew 
their book, had there been such a lapse. 

But a dedicated group that included Preston 
Munter '46, Leonard Moss '45, Joseph Barata 
'44, and Louis Garisto '46 teamed up for On 
The Double in 1944. Certain concessions were 
made to the war: The orchestra was reduced 
to two pianos. The production moved onto 
campus for the first time and, as it turned out, 
permanently—to the now-vanished Brander 
Matthews Theatre (later, McMillin Theatre 
and Wollman Auditorium would be the main 
sites). 

"We knew almost nothing about the history 
of the Players," said Dr. Moss. "We knew the 
names, but as far as traditions go, forget it." 

The one thing they did know about? The 
pony ballet. 

On The Double took a barbed look at the 
Navy's V-12 training program, which had 
largely taken over campus, and patriotism 
emerged as the underlying theme: for the 














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37 


finale, cadets marched down the aisles to gen¬ 
eral pandemonium. Their symbolic steps 
toward victory on the battlefield also repre¬ 
sented the triumph of the Varsity Show in its 
50th anniversary year. 

The war ended. The Varsity Show didn't. 
1947's Dead To Rights was a broad send-up of 
Congressional investigating committees. Co¬ 
author Edward Costikyan '47 played a senator 
whose compatriot. Senator Cottonmouth, 
would later delight audiences as the bum¬ 
bling, corrupt Boss Hogg in the television 
series The Dukes of Hazzard. 

"There was this young kid, Sorrell Booke 
['49], who'd never been on the damn stage 
before," Mr. Costikyan remembered. "But he 
was fantastic." 

No one bothered to formally script the 
show's second act. "Why the hell write it?" 
asked Mr. Costikyan. "It was already done. 

We were all playing to Sorrell, who was just 
making it up as he went along." 

For 1948, Pres Munter dug up a 19th-centu¬ 
ry melodrama, Alan Koehler '49 and Joseph 
Meredith '49 based a script on it, and Richard 
Chodosh '49 and Phil Springer added music. 
Streets of New York, the story of an evildoer 
redeemed by his love of his daughter, proved 
so popular and reliable that it was revived 
three times (1952,1958, and 1961), a Varsity 
Show record. "It's a tearjerker," explained Mr. 
Springer. "The emotions are so marvelous." 

Another success was The Sky's The Limit, the 
entry for Columbia's bicentennial year of 1954, 
which boasted work by several alumni: I. A. L. 
Diamond contributed a sketch, Howard Dietz 
wrote the lyrics for "How High Can a Little 
Bird Fly?" and Herman Wouk did the same 
for "Noah, Columbus, Captain Kidd, and 
Bligh." Original material came from juniors 
Peter Pressman, Lewis Banci, Herb Gardner, 
and Milburn Smith '56, among others. 

A s the 1950's progressed, the Varsity Show 
was as popular as ever—for the audi¬ 
ence. Many of the show's guiding spirits, 
though, were less satisfied. Somehow, guys in 
drag and collegiate hijinks no longer inspired 
the mirth they used to. 

The Varsity Show was suddenly old hat. 
Good though Streets of New York was, its 
revivals reflected the mounting difficulty in 
finding a suitable book, a problem that culmi¬ 
nated in 1962, when no show appeared at all. 
In other years, the proceedings seemed to 
have an unusual grimness. Adjectives like 
"undistinguished" and "tenuous" began 
cropping up in reviews. 

"We had a bunch of creative people who 
felt constrained by the mold we were being 
forced to pour our scripts and songs into," 
said David Rosen '58, who supplied music for 
When in Rome (1955), Not Fit To Print (1956) 


and Voice of the Sea 
(1957). "It was getting 
kind of tiresome, real¬ 
ly—the same old thing. 
We were excoriated by 
Spectator for cooking up 
warmed-over merchan¬ 
dise." (He added, "I 
could have said the 
same thing about their 
lousy editorials.") 

The Players continued 
to make the show their 
centerpiece, but increas¬ 
ingly they felt the big 
challenges lay in straight 
drama and experimental 
theatre. Changes in 
musical taste were also 
an issue. Howard Kissel 
'64, drama critic of the 
New York Daily News and 
author of Elsinore! (1963) 
and II Troubleshootore 
(1964), notes that before 
the 1960's, show tunes 
were synonymous with 
American popular 
music: "The idiom in 
which the musical the¬ 
atre operated was an 
idiom that all Americans 
spoke." The strange new 
language called rock 'n' 
roll, however, ended all 
that. 

Maybe, too, it was the 
Bomb, Khruschev & Co. 
Daniel Klein '58, who 
wrote lyrics for several 
shows, argues against 
the notion of the 50's as 
a decade of comfortable 
conformity. "You had 
this tremendous intensi¬ 
ty about your future. 
People would ask me, 
'What's your future?' I'd 
say, 'I'll probably go off 
to war and get killed.' 
People really felt that 
way." 




PLAYBILE 


ENOUGH 


Double duty: For years, one issue of Jester would also 
serve as the Varsity Show program. On top, the number 
for the 1939 show, drawn by Charles Saxon '40. Below, 
the "Playbile" for Elsinore! (1963); the Hamlets are 
(l. to r.) lyricist Alan Greengrass '63, composer Rory 
Butler ‘63, and author Howard Kissel '64. 


B ut gifted contribu¬ 
tors kept things per¬ 
colating. In 1960, senior Terrence McNally 
(later of Broadway fame) devised A Little Bit 
Different, about a film company shooting on 
location in Africa. He populated the show 
with "a bunch of obnoxious public figures in 
American life" who get devoured by the can¬ 
nibals he also sketched in. The music, which 
included the song "Burp," was by Ed Kleban 
















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Legendary: Some alumni graduated from the high-spirited horseplay of the Varsity Show 
to distinguished careers in the arts. Clockwise from top left: The immortal Richard 
Rodgers '23 and Oscar Hammerstein II '16; the Oscar-winning screenwriter I. A. L. 
Diamond '41; and the late character actor Sorrell Booke '49, done up for his role as Boss 
Hogg in the TV series "The Dukes of Hazzard." 


'59, who would go on to write the lyrics for 
something called A Chorus Line. 

Michael Feingold '66, now drama critic of 
the Village Voice, wrote The Bawd's Opera 
(1966), which was slated for 1965 but held up 
because of insufficient funding. Another nag¬ 
ging problem, that; rumor has it that Players 
began going into debt when Brian de Palma 
'62 started raiding the till for his experimental 
movies. 

By the 1960's, the showmakers were seeking 
inspiration from existing drama and literature. 
Elsinore! was a parody of Hamlet, The Bawd's 
Opera was derived from The Beggar's Opera, 
and Feather top came from a Nathaniel 


Hawthorne tale. "As students we were read¬ 
ing an incredible amount," Stefan Rudnicki 
explained, "maybe a thousand pages a week, 
and I find it difficult to imagine that anyone 
doing that could come up with anything 
totally original." 

These borrowing tactics hardly indicated a 
show in its death throes. Attendance was still 
full and enthusiastic, Jon "Bowzer" Bauman 
'68, later of Sha Na Na, shone in Feathertop and 
The Bawd's Opera, and the latter show, along 
with Elsinore!, won the annual BMI competi¬ 
tion for best college varsity show. Plans were 
discussed for Michael Feingold to write a 
Varsity Show based on Tobacco Road for 1968. 

It was S.D.S., not Players, who had other 
ideas that spring. 

"It died," acknowledged Bruce Trinkley '66, 
composer of The Bawd's Opera and Feathertop. 
"But it didn't fizzle." 

T he Varsity Show lay moribund for a 

decade. Then, in an act of fitting irony, the 
Mark Rudd generation was tackled by seniors 
Michael Eisenberg and Steven Werner, who 
wrote The Great Columbia Riot of 78. The cast 
enacted a student takeover of the University 
to win the favor of their professor, a tenured 
radical who yearns for the good old days of 
' 68 . 

In 1982, sophomores Adam Belanoff and 
Stephen Gee brought forth an original revue, 
Columbia Graffiti, with music by M. Tait 
Fredrickson GS '83. In the cabaret-type intima¬ 
cy of the East Wing of FBH, the Varsity Show 
was truly reborn. The powers behind the 
show went on to do Fear of Scaffolding later 
that year and, in 1984, The New "U" (music by 
Noel Katz '82), which took the prize in a 
newly established Varsity Show fund. The 
fund was derived from the Class of 1920 trea¬ 
sury, which had been donated at the behest of 
Class President Arthur Snyder, a proud 
"pony" in Fly With Me 64 years before. 

These days, the Varsity Show is devoted 
largely to skewering the more dubious aspects 
of College life—orientation lectures, the swim¬ 
ming test, unreliable dorm elevators. As usual, 
the larger themes bespeak the times. The 
demise of the Berlin Wall, but not of the 
University bureaucracy, colored Behind the 
Lion Curtain (1990); political correctness got its 
comeuppance in The Silence of the Lions (1991). 

The modern show splits its performances 
between the black-box theatre in Schapiro 
Hall and the more traditional McMillin 
Theatre (now the Miller). No longer can any¬ 
one say, as the Alumni News did in 1917, 
"Almost every two-by-four college and 
university in the country has a flourishing 
dramatic plant—except Columbia." But space 
that the show can honestly call adequate still 
does not exist: Schapiro's capacity is only 100 













Columbia College Today 


39 


or so, and the University charges a hefty fee 
for the use of Miller. 

To what will probably be their happy 
surprise, alumni will find that the quality of 
the acting—and especially the dancing!—has 
risen appreciably. As for the humor, it's a lot 
more daring; a generation ago, no one would 
have mounted a song-and-dance number like 
"Logic and Erotic," which assailed profs who 
sleep with their students. 

But the fight for love, glory, and a room in 
Furnald is eternal. When Saddam Hussein 
made a guest appearance in The Silence of the 
Lions, he was following in the Hitlerian goose 
steps of Off Your Marx. The 1994 centennial 
show, Angels at Columbia (the title being a nod 
to Tony Kushner '78), dealt with heaven-sent 
guardians who assist the students who are 
struggling to write the show itself—not unlike 
the plot of Saints Alive in 1942. 

Angels at Columbia was an epic worthy of its 
100th anniversary status. Mocking each era of 
the University in turn, the show was "written 
and inspired" by a record 30-odd contributors, 
directed and choreographed by Francesca 
Contiguglia '94, produced by Rita Pietropinto 
'93, and scored by Tom Kitt '95. For the role of 
God, no one student would have sufficed, so a 
series of stellar names trod the heavenly 
boards: former Rep. Geraldine Ferraro, ex- 


New York City Mayor David Dinkins, NBC 
News notable Jane Pauley, local sportscaster 
Len Berman, and Dean of Students Roger 
Lehecka '67. 

It was a major coup for both polytheism and 
publicity: as in the past, the Varsity Show 
again made headlines. 

T he resilience of the Varsity Show, its place 
in the collective consciousness of alumni, 
is revealed in an anecdote told by Lou Garisto. 
Sometime in the late 1960's, he was scoring a 
movie—title now forgotten—for which Dick 
Hyman played keyboard. Time came for the 
rest of the orchestra to ease off and for Dick to 
play alone, for a cocktail-lounge scene. 

"He was supposed to play background 
music," said Mr. Garisto. "You know, just 
noodle around. So he started playing, but 
there was something familiar about it... it 
was sufficiently recognizable that I thought 
we were usurping a copyright. I said, 'Dick, 
you're not supposed to play anything that's 
been written; we'll have to get permission to 
use it.' 

"He started laughing and said, 'You wrote 
that, Lou—for the Varsity Show!'" 

The melody—and the memory—does 
indeed linger on. 



100 and counting: The cast of the 1994 centennial show, Angels at Columbia, winds up the Act II opener, "The Great Columbia Riot." The clenched 
fists and the tie-dyed shirts recall the 1960's, but the broad smiles are all 90's. 






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Bookshelf 


Coudert Brothers: A Legacy in Law 

by Virginia Kays Veenswijk. A history of 
the 140-year-old international law 
firm, in which co-founder Frederic 
Rene Coudert (Class of 1850), his son 
Frederic Rene "Fred" Coudert (Class 
of 1891), and grandson Frederic Rene 
"Fritz" Coudert, Jr. '18 figure promi¬ 
nently (Truman Talley/Dutton, $30). 

The Four Dimensions of Philosophy: 
Metaphysical, Moral, Objective, 
Categorical by Mortimer J. Adler '23. 

An approach to philosophy as "an 
ingrained and inveterate human ten¬ 
dency" that affords a more complete 
view of reality than does science 
(Macmillan, $22). 

Mythic Worlds, Modem Words: On 
the Art of James Joyce by Joseph Camp¬ 
bell '25, edited by Edmund L. Epstein. 
Analyzing Joyce's three major novels, 
the author views Joyce as a Daedalus 
figure, in flight from his own ego, ulti¬ 
mately identifying himself with "the 
great common ground that shines with 
radiance through all the forms of our 
lives" (HarperCollins, $23). 

Six American Poets: An Anthology 

edited by Joel Conarroe. Langston 
Hughes '25 is one of the six; the 
American Poetry and Literacy Project 
is distributing this book in hospitals 
and hotel rooms to make poetry more 
accessible (Vintage, $12 paper). 

The Road to Reform: The Future of 
Health Care in America by Eli 

Ginzberg '31, A. Barton Hepburn 
Professor Emeritus of Economics, with 
Miriam Ostow. In his first book for the 
general public, the noted economist 
and consultant to nine Presidents dis¬ 
cusses the practical problems facing 
Bill Clinton's health-care proposals 
(Free Press, $22.95). 

Art as Art: The Selected Writings of 
Ad Reinhardt ['35] edited by Barbara 
Rose. Back in print: trenchant aesthetic 
pronouncements from the self-pro- 
claimed "conscience of the art world" 
(University of California Press, $13 
paper). 

One Art: Elizabeth Bishop Letters 

selected and edited by Robert Giroux 
'36. Bishop, who once taught a semi¬ 



The world's first undersea atomic explosion, on July 25,1946, pushed a dome of water a mile into 
the sky. In Operation Crossroads: The Atomic Tests at Bikini Atoll (Naval Institute Press, 
$31.95), Jonathan M. Weisgall 70, a Washington D.C. attorney who has represented Bikini resi¬ 
dents in lawsuits against the U.S. government since 1975, examines the "fatal combination of igno¬ 
rance and arrogance" that marked the early days of atomic testing, drawing on newly declassified 
documents and material obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. The explosion shown here, 
code-named "Baker," sank the 26,000-ton battleship Arkansas in seconds and unleashed both the 
greatest waves and the greatest amount of radiation known at that time. 


nar at Harvard on the art of correspon¬ 
dence, was as elegant a letter-writer as 
she was a poet, though certainly more 
prolific: the 541 entries gathered here 
by her publisher were selected from 
more than 3000 (Farrar, Straus & 
Giroux, $35). 

Budapest and New York: Studies in 
Metropolitan Transformation, 1870- 
1930 edited by Thomas Bender and Carl 
E. Schorske '36. During the period in 
question, both cities grew to interna¬ 
tional heights, but while New York 
accommodated a pluralistic mingling 
of cultures, nationalist imperatives 
pushed Budapest toward homogeneity 
(Russell Sage Foundation, $39.95). 

Aphrodite and the Old Dude by Boris 
Todrin '37. The old dude is Judson Bell, 
the middle-aged creative director of an 
advertising agency, and Aphrodite is 
Billie Miller, the bright and beautiful 
presence in his life (Images, Upton- 
upon-Severn, £14.95). 

Light on the Porch by Boris Todrin '37. 
"First winds of autumn don't fool the 
horses:/sniffing the winter, they 
neigh"—poems of everyday lives and 
happenings (Images, Upton-upon- 
Severn, £6.50 paper). 

Asimov Laughs Again: More Than 
700 Favorite Jokes, Limericks, and 
Anecdotes by Isaac Asimov '39. Here's 


#496: "A famous movie star was once 
asked by an interviewer, 'How many 
husbands have you had?' To which 
the movie star said, 'You mean, apart 
from my own?"' (HarperCollins, $22). 

I. Asimov: A Memoir by Isaac Asimov 
'39. When Barbara Walters asked the 
legendarily prolific writer (470-plus 
published books) what he would do if 
the doctor gave him six months to live, 
Asimov replied, "Type faster" (Double¬ 
day, $32.50). 

Carnal Sin by Edward Le Comte '39. A 
Joycean novel about 24 bizarre hours 
in the life of a Connecticut suburbanite 
(Lantern Press, $15.95). 

The U.S. Economy Demystified by 

Albert T. Sommers '39 with Lucie R. Blau. 
The third edition of this accessible 
guide to the meaning of national busi¬ 
ness statistics and what they portend 
(Lexington, $39.95 cloth, $19.95 paper). 

On Familar Terms: A Journey Across 
Cultures by Donald Keene '42, Special 
Service Professor. The autobiography 
of the distinguished scholar and trans¬ 
lator, considered one of the fathers of 
Japanese studies in this country, who 
won the acceptance and admiration of 
Japan's literary elite (Kodansha Inter¬ 
national, $23). 










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The La Follettes of Wisconsin: Love 
and Politics in Progressive America 

by Bernard A. Weisberger '43. Though 
hardly a dynasty, Robert La Follette's 
family shared in his political activism; 
wife Belle was an integrationist and 
pacifist, and sons Robert Jr. and Phil 
were U.S. senator from Wisconsin and 
governor, respectively (University of 
Wisconsin Press, $29.95). 

Shooting Script by Gordon Cotier '44. 
This mystery about a television writer 
embroiled in a murder combines a 
native son's appreciation of New York 
grit with an insider's cynical take on 
Hollywood glitz (Morrow, $21). 

Memory Babe: A Critical Biography 
of Jack Kerouac ['44] by Gerald Nicosia. 
Ten years after this in-depth look at 
Kerouac was first published, a new 
preface reviews the rise in his literary 
stock and the vehement personal 
attachment that some devotees feel 
toward his work (University of Cali¬ 
fornia Press, $18 paper). 

Crusaders in the Courts by Jack 
Greenberg '45, Professor of Law. The 
former College Dean recalls the major 
battles for civil rights that were fought 
during his 35 years with the NAACP 
Legal Defense and Educational Fund 
(Basic Books, $30). 

Form and Fable in American Fiction 

by Daniel G. Hoffman '47. A new pref¬ 
ace distinguishes the author's 
approach to Irving, Hawthorne, 

Twain, and Melville from that of other 
practitioners of "myth criticism" and 
weighs in against such critical fashions 
as deconstructionism (University Press 
of Virginia, $14.95 paper). 

Cosmopolitan Greetings: Poems 
1986-1992 by Allen Ginsberg '48. "Arise 
ye prisoners of your mind-set/ Arise 
Neurotics of the Earth/For Insight 
thunders Liberation/A sacred world's 
in birth": poems commemorating 50 
years of the Beat Generation (Harper- 
Collins, $20). 

Who Is Responsible For My Old 
Age? edited by Robert N. Butler '49 and 
Kenzo Kiikuni. Seventeen essays on 
aging in the United States and Japan, 
emphasizing the notion that self- 
reliance among the senior population 
must be accompanied by active com¬ 
munity participation (Springer 
Publishing Company, $36.95). 


Cities, Classes, and the Social Order 

by Anthony Leeds '49, edited by Roger 
Sanjek '66. Eight long essays by the late 
Marxist-oriented anthropologist, 
reflecting his holistic attempts to unify 
the myriad components of complex 
societies (Cornell University Press, 
$39.95 cloth, $16.95 paper). 

Essays in Humanistic Mathematics 

edited by Alvin M. White '49. Fleshes 
out the rich relationship between the 
language of the sciences and such 
decidedly humanistic efforts as music, 
poetry, and philosophy; Stephen I. 
Brown '60 is one of the contributors 
(Mathematical Association of America, 
$24 paper). 

The Neoconservative Mind: Politics, 
Culture, and the War of Ideology by 

Gary Dorrien. A major segment devot¬ 
ed to Norman Podhoretz '50 concludes 
that the evaporation of the Soviet 
threat has left the embattled editor of 
Commentary bereft of polemical pur¬ 
pose (Temple University Press, $34.95). 

The Lotus Sutra translated by Burton 
Watson '50. In a note to the reader, the 
translator hopes that his modern 
English version of this most influential 
text of the Mahayana Buddhist tradi¬ 
tion will convey the main spiritual 
ideas of the original while giving some 
sense of its rich literary appeal 
(Columbia University Press, $34.95 
cloth, $14.95 paper). 

Like Most Revelations by Richard 
Howard '51. The author's tenth book of 
poems, many of them marked by a 
monological quality that has been 
likened to Browning's (Pantheon, $20). 

Henry James: Collected Travel 
Writings, Vol. I: Great Britain and 
America; Vol. II: The Continent edit¬ 
ed by Richard Howard '51. The travel 
journals of the peripatetic James, now 
brought together for the first time, 
have not only proved enduring as lit¬ 
erary essays but also as enlightening 
Baedekers for those who might wish to 
retrace the author's footsteps (Library 
of America, $35 each, $70 boxed set). 

The House That Roone Built: The 
Inside Story of ABC News by Marc 
Gunther. By assembling a stable of 
stars and developing innovative pro¬ 
gramming, Roone Arledge '52 trans¬ 
formed what one critic called the 
"Almost Broadcasting Company" into 
the leader among the three networks 
(Little, Brown, $23.95). 


Practical Marketing Research: An 
Integrated Global Perspective by Neil 
B. Holbert '52 and Mark W. Speece. 
Emphasizes the role of people and the 
real business problems they must 
solve, rather than computers, num¬ 
bers, and techniques (Prentice-Hall 
Singapore, $16.95). 

Integrated Marketing Communi¬ 
cations by Don E. Schultz, Stanley I. 
Tannenbaum, and Robert F. Lauterborn 
'56. Assails the "massification" of tra¬ 
ditional marketing techniques and out¬ 
lines strategies for success in an 
increasingly fragmented marketplace 
(NTC, $37.95). 

A Pictorial History of St. Paul's 
Anglican Church, Halifax, Nova 
Scotia by J. Philip McAleer '56. St. 

Paul's, the oldest Protestant church in 
Canada, represents an unconventional 
architectural union of an exterior influ¬ 
enced by James Gibbs and an interior 
reminiscent of Sir Christopher Wren 
(Technical University of Nova Scotia, 
$24.95 paper). 

Between Author and Reader: A 
Psychoanalytic Approach to Writing 
and Reading by Stanley J. Coen '58. 

The writer advises psychoanalytically 
minded literary critics to apply their 
personal reading experiences to the 
texts they study, rather than rely sole¬ 
ly on abstract theorizing (Columbia 
University Press, $65 cloth, $17.50 
paper). 

Speaking His Mind: Five Years of 
Commentaries on Higher Education 

by Stephen Joel Trachtenberg '59. 

Straight talk by the president of The 
George Washington University; this 
collection concludes with his address 
at Columbia College's 1993 Convo¬ 
cation (American Council on 
Education/Oryx Press, $19.95). 

The New Regime: Transformations of 
the French Civic Order, 1789-1820s by 

Isser Woloch '59, Professor of History. 
Revolutionary France conducted an 
unprecedented experiment in reshap¬ 
ing society on many levels, embracing 
universal suffrage and education, but 
also warring incessantly and making 
conscription its top priority (Norton, 
$35). 

Lips Together, Teeth Apart by Terrence 
McNally '60. Over a July Fourth week¬ 
end on Long Island, the two couples in 
this play confront their disintegrating 
relationships (Plume, $8 paper). 






42 


The Norway Channel: The Secret 
Talks That Led to the Middle East 
Peace Accord by Jane Corbin. Central 
to the narrative, and to the success of 
the negotiations between Israel and 
the Palestine Liberation Organization, 
is the intermediary role of the late 
Johan Jorgen Holst '60, Foreign 
Minister of Norway (Atlantic Monthly 
Press, $22). 

Saints and Scamps: Ethics in Aca¬ 
demia by Steven M. Cohn '63. Renewed 
attacks on the professoriate have 
prompted this revised edition of the 
former CUNY provost's portrayal of 
the ways in which scholars fulfill or 
shirk their educational duties (Row- 
man & Littlefield, $9.95 paper). 

The Art of Pitching by Tom Seaver 
with Lee Lowenfish '63. In taking up the 
technical points of hurling the horse- 
hide, this book's new paperback edi¬ 
tion advises, "Pitching is not a job for 
the physically timid or the mentally 
lazy" (Hearst, $10). 

Isis and Osiris: Exploring the God¬ 
dess Myth by Jonathan Cott '64. In 
myriad permutations, the Egyptian 
myth of the rebirth of love between 
sis ter/wife and brother/husband has 
existed for 5000 years; the author 
sketches for the general reader its 
enduring influence on religion, psy¬ 
chology, and the arts (Doubleday, $23). 

In the Presence of Mystery: Modernist 
Fiction and the Occult by Howard M. 
Fraser '64. A scholarly treatment of 
how a "crisis in beliefs," brought on by 
global moral malaise, has infused 
20th-century Latin American literature 
with a heavy dose of spiritualism 
(University of North Carolina Press, 
$20 paper). 

Journey to the Magic Castle by 

Gershen Kaufman '64, illustrations by 
Megan E. Jeffery. How young Sammy 
took an enchanted trip to the golden 
doors of a wondrous world—within 
himself (Double M Press, $6.95 paper). 

The Art of the Personal Essay: An 
Anthology from the Classical Era to 
the Present selected and with an intro¬ 
duction by Phillip Lopate '64. Though 
the subjects and styles of the 50 repre¬ 
sentative authors are as dissimilar as 
can be (Montaigne, Hazlitt, and 
Mencken are a few of the heavy hit¬ 
ters), the theme of personal revelation 
is manifest in each contribution 
(Anchor Books, $30). 


The Green Lake Is Awake: Selected 
Poems by Joseph Ceravolo edited by 
Larry Fagin, Kenneth Koch, Professor of 
English, Ron Padgett '64, David Shapiro 
'68, and Paul Violi, introduction by 
Kenneth Koch. The frequent focus of the 
late poet, who earned his living as a 
hydraulics engineer, is "a moment, 
caught, as it were, off guard and open 
to all kinds of other moments and their 
sensations" (Coffee House, $11.95 
paper). 

A License to Steal by Benjamin J. Stein 
'66. The story of how Michael Milken's 
junk-bond machinations came to con¬ 
stitute the biggest financial fraud of all 
time (Simon & Schuster, $23). 

Principles and Practice of Dialysis 

edited by William L. Henrich '68. The 
number of Americans on dialysis is 
expected to grow to 200,000 by the end 
of the century, at a cost of $10 billion 
annually; this volume addresses a 
broad range of technical problems 
relating to treatment (Williams & 
Wilkins, $129). 

After A Lost Original by David Shapiro 
'68. Previously available only in a 
$1200 limited edition, these radically 
experimental poems examine the role 
and thoughts of the progenitor, as a 
father to his son and as an artist to his 
work (Overlook, $19.95 cloth, $12.95 
paper). 

Cannibal Eliot and the Lost Histories 
of San Francisco by Hilton Obenzinger 
'69. Fictional historical documents trace 
the rise of the City by the Bay; the title 
character is a New Englander who is 
captured by cannibals on the island of 
Hatutu and "branded with tattoos 
crossing his eyes like some barbaric 
mask" (Mercury House, $12.95 paper). 

Reckless Disregard: Corporate Greed, 
Government Indifference, and the 
Kentucky School Bus Crash by James 
S. Kunen '70. More than a drunk¬ 
driving tragedy, the 1988 crash that 
claimed the lives of 27 people is a 
study in how public safety can be 
sacrificed on the altar of expedience 
(Simon & Schuster, $23). 

Debating P.C. edited by Paul Berman 
'71. The major themes of "political cor¬ 
rectness" in a campus setting are 
explored from a score of viewpoints 
(Laurel, $10.95 paper). 

The Kingdom of Matthias by Paul E. 
Johnson and Sean Wilentz '72. Long be¬ 


fore David Koresh or Jim Jones made 
headlines, New York City in the 1830's 
had its own experience with a bizarre 
religious cult, this one headed by a car¬ 
penter named Robert Matthews, a.k.a. 
"Matthias, Prophet of the God of the 
Jews" (Oxford University Press, $25). 

Transitional Objects and Potential 
Spaces: Literary Uses of D. W. 
Winnicott edited by Peter L. Rudnytsky 
'73. Winnicott, a major theorist of psy¬ 
choanalysis and aesthetics, acknowl¬ 
edged the relation of art to infantile 
experience but viewed it as an 
autonomous human activity that could 
not be reduced to sublimation: 16 
essays (Columbia University Press, 
$42.50). 

Field of Screams: The Dark Underside 
of America's National Pastime by 

Richard Scheinin '76. An antidote to the 
view of baseball as a poetic, pastoral 
ballet, offering a decade-by-decade 
rogues' gallery of the drunken, bully¬ 
ing, cheating wack jobs who have also 
peopled the game (Norton, $12 paper). 

Business and Democracy in Spain by 

Robert E. Martinez ‘77. An empirical 
analysis based on survey data from 
hundreds of Spanish firms and 
employers' associations, with special 
consideration given to collective action 
and the European Community 
(Praeger, $59.95). 

Angels in America: Part I: Millenium 
Approaches; Part II: Perestroika by 

Tony Kushner '78. If you can't get tick¬ 
ets to this epochal drama about AIDS 
and the age of Reagan, you can now 
delectate in private or even stage your 
own reading (Theatre Communi¬ 
cations Group, Millenium Approaches 
$9.95, Perestroika $10.95, paper). 

The Last Nazi: Josef Schwammberger 
and the Nazi Past by Aaron Freiwald 
'85 with Martin Mendelsohn. The life 
story of an S.S. sergeant tried in a 
German court in 1992 for crimes com¬ 
mitted in Poland during World War II 
is interwoven with the experiences of 
his surviving accusers (Norton, $25). 

Golden Opportunities by Andrew 
Carroll '93. A topical guide to volun- 
teerism for Americans over the age of 
50 (Peterson's, $14.95 paper). 

India in Transition: Freeing the 
Economy by Jagdish Bhagwati, Arthur 
Lehman Professor of Economics. An 
overview of the policies that produced, 



Columbia College Today 


43 


"A warm and human overview 
of molecular biology and its 
growing impact on civilization.” 


—James D. Watson, author of The Double Helix 


"The handbook, the field guide 
to the [genetic] revolution... 
Urgent, graceful, limpidly clear.” 

—Horace Freeland Judson, author of 
The Eighth Day of Creation 

"Mr. Pollack writes with 
obvious and convincing love 

about...molecules and their 
beauty and about the human 
context of his research.” 

— New York Times Book Review 

"Provocative... There is much 
here to help shape debate over 
the role molecular biology 
should play in our society.” 

— Philadelphia Inquirer 

Jacket painting: Strange Garden by Paul Klee/Jacket design: Mark Caleb 


HOUGHTON MIFFLIN COMPANY 



to the author's mind, the subconti¬ 
nent's sorry economic performance 
over a third of a century (Oxford 
University Press, $12.95 paper). 

Islam: The View From the Edge by 

Richard W. Bulliet, Professor of History. 
In explaining the phenomenon of 
Islam, the author forsakes the tradi¬ 
tional focus on the "center"—the 
authority of the caliphate—and 
instead traces its evolution in terms of 
its far-flung adherents (Columbia 
University Press, $29.95). 

Aspects of Aristocracy: Grandeur and 
Decline in Modem Britain by David 
Cannadine, Moore Collegiate Professor 
of History. Focusing on notables of the 
Sackville-West sort, the historian finds 
modem British aristocracy to have been 
built on a surprisingly high level of 
indebtedness (Yale University Press, 
$30). 

Provincial Power in the Inka Empire 

by Terence N. D'Altroy, Associate 
Professor of Anthropology. New 
research explains how the Inka Empire 
overcame enormous geographical 
obstacles and the lack of a written lan¬ 
guage to extend its reach, employing 
diplomacy rather than conquest when 
possible (Smithsonian Institution 
Press, $42.50). 

Danto and His Critics edited by Mark 
Rollins. Considerations of the work of 
the Johnsonian Professor Emeritus of 
Philosophy, with a response by the 
subject himself (Blackwell, $49.95 
cloth, $21.95 paper). 

Other Worlds Than This translations 
by Rachel Hadas, Adjunct Professor of 
English and Comparative Literature. 
Describing these English versions of 
poetry by Baudelaire, Mallarme, and 
others, the translator writes that what 
she did was "inhabit and cautiously 
tidy a dark red velvet roomette for a 
short and wholly voluntary journey" 
(Rutgers University Press, $32 cloth, 
$12.95 paper). 

The Tempter's Voice: Language and 
the Fall in Medieval Literature by Eric 
Jager, Associate Professor of English 
and Comparative Literature. The 
Garden of Eden figured heavily in 
medieval literary culture because of its 
paradigmatic use of language, as 
evinced in the excuses of Adam and 
Eve given before God (Cornell Univer¬ 
sity Press, $42.50). 


Writing Another's Dream: The Poetry 
of Wen Tingyun by Paul F. Rouzer, 
Assistant Professor of East Asian 
Languages and Cultures. The poetry 
of Wen (ca. 812-ca. 866) was witty and 
urbane; his ballads reveal an explicit 
eroticism and his historical verse drew 
upon the past for its aesthetic interest 
rather than moral instruction (Stanford 
University Press, $37.50). 

Polyanthea: Essays on Art and 
Literature in Honor of William 
Sebastian Heckscher edited by KarT 
Ludwig Selig, Professor Emeritus of 
Spanish and Portuguese. Reflecting 
the wide-ranging interests of the hon- 
oree, the contents of this festschrift 
embrace art history, literature, and the 
history of scholarship (Van der 
Heijden, The Hague, $35). 

Outside in the Teaching Machine by 

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Professor of 
English and Comparative Literature. 
Essays by the noted feminist literary 
theorist, on how "marginality studies" 
are challenging our conception of cul¬ 
ture (Routledge, $49.95 cloth, $15.95 
paper). 

Running Wild: New Chinese Writers 

edited by David Der-Wei Wang, 


Associate Professor of East Asian 
Languages and Cultures, with Jeanne 
Tai. Fourteen stories and novellas pre¬ 
sent an image of China as a country 
defined by overlapping countries and 
shared imaginative resources (Colum¬ 
bia University Press, $14.95 paper). 

T.V. 

Author's queries 

For a biography of my cousin, Ted 
Koehler, a jazz lyricist who worked 
with Harold Arlen and wrote "Stormy 
Weather," "I've Got the World on a 
String," and "Get Happy, Get Ready 
for the Judgment Day," among others, 

I would appreciate hearing from alum¬ 
ni who have any information about 
him— John Chendo '66,331 Leon Place, 
Davis, Calif. 95616-0236; (916) 758- 
3331. 

For the first full-length biography of 
Nicholas Murray Butler, president of 
Columbia from 1902 to 1945,1 would 
appreciate hearing from those with 
personal anecdotes, correspondence, or 
related information— Michael Rosenthal, 
Professor of English and Comparative 
Literature, 613B Philosophy Hall, 
Columbia University, New York, N.Y., 
10027; (212) 854-6404. 
















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Roar 

Lion 

Roar 


Sports highlights: 

Tennis leads the way 

• TENNIS: Coach Bid Goswami's 
men's team completed its first unde¬ 
feated Eastern Intercollegiate Tennis 
Association (EITA) championship 
season since 1987 before losing to 
Dartmouth 4-3 in the first round of the 
NCAA tournament. The team posted 
a 12-3 record overall. All-Ivy honors 
went to Burke Banda '94, Mike 
Beckett '95, and Jose Machuca '96, 
while Blake Spahn '94 earned Aca¬ 
demic All-Ivy honors. 

The women's varsity finished the 
season at 7-6 and recorded the first- 
ever Ivy weekend sweep in school his¬ 
tory when they defeated Yale 4-3 and 
Brown 7-0, in April. Hilary Chulock 
'96 and Indira Smith B'94 made the 
Academic All-Ivy roster. After the 
season, Rob Kresberg '89 replaced 
Meghan McMahon as head coach. 



• Track and field: Under first-year 
head coach Karen Reardon, the 
women's team set eight new school 
records, led by Rachelle Noble '97, 
who captured the Metropolitan 
Championship and earned All-East 
honors in discus. Teri Martin '96 
(long and triple jumps) was the team's 
top scorer at the Heptagonals; she also 
earned Academic All-Ivy honors, and 
with teammates Tiffany Jimison '97, 
Aba Yankah '97 and Cristina Bonaldes 
'97, set a new school mark in the 400- 
meter relay. 

The men's team finished with a 
flourish by achieving its highest point 
total in 30 years at the Heps and send¬ 
ing Casey O'Shea '97 to the NCAA 
finals. O'Shea finished 18th in the 
3,000-meter steeplechase with a time 
of 9:17.12 at the nationals, earning 
All-East and All-Ivy League honors. 
Hurdler Mike Strange '96 won Aca¬ 
demic All-Ivy recognition. 


• GOLF: Hunki Yun '94 and Jay 
Pritchard '97 led the team to a fourth- 
place finish at the Ivy League champi¬ 
onship at Bethpage, L.I. "We did some 
good things, but not consistently 
enough," Coach Albert Carlson said 
of his golfers' season. 

• Baseball: At the end of a roller¬ 
coaster year. Coach Paul Fernandes's 
team entered the Ivy season's last day 
tied for first place in a bid for a second 
Lou Gehrig division title. But a twin- 
bill loss to Penn brought the Lions up 
short; they finished 12-8 in the league 
and 18-24 overall. Designated hitter 
Marc Mezzadri '96, relief pitcher 
Frank Telesca '96, and second base- 
man Jason Wynn '97 earned first-team 
All-Ivy honors; pitcher Steve Ceterko 
'96 made the second team; and out¬ 
fielder Derek England '94, third base- 
man B Teal '95, and shortstop Matt 
Spielman '94 were honorably men¬ 
tioned. Spielman and first baseman 


John Kreuscher '94 earned District 
Academic All-America honors. 

• CREW: While it was generally a diffi¬ 
cult season for all the crews, the men's 
heavyweights took the Alumni Cup 
for the first time since 1991 in a win 
over M.I.T. Paul Bollyky '94 and Dan 
Lewis '94 each compiled a 3.86 grade- 
point average and shared the Eisen¬ 
hower Watch award as Columbia's top 
male scholar-athletes, as well as Aca¬ 
demic All-Ivy honors. (The Marion R. 
Phillips Watch award for the top 
women scholar-athletes was shared by 
Liz Harris '94 and Shelly Toussi B'94, 
who posted 3.59 grade-point averages 
and competed for the women's soccer 
team.) 

The women's crew finished 5-5. 
Dory Dabrowski '94 was honored as 
the team's most outstanding member 
and Naomi Ko '95 earned Academic 
All-Ivy honors. 


K.W. 














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45 


Work in progress on 
an athletics master plan 

This fall construction crews are filling 
in the old swimming pool on the bot¬ 
tom floor of University Hall and con¬ 
verting the space into a strength room 
for intercollegiate athletes, restoring 
the original marble and other features. 
The job is the first phase of a master 
plan for Columbia athletics, physical 
education and recreation, whose cen¬ 
terpiece is a six- or seven-story tower 
envisioned for the northwest corner of 
the campus, atop Levien Gym. At 
the same time, plans are afoot for 
important capital improvements to 
Columbia's Baker Field complex in 
North Manhattan. 

The Trustees approved the $1 mil¬ 
lion strength center project in June, 
along with design funds for the next 
phase of the master plan, a remodeling 
of recreational space around the old 
University Gym that will include a 
new mezzanine to be built between 
the running track and the floor level of 
the old gym. 

The tower project has also been pre¬ 
sented to the Trustees and now holds 
a place in the fifth year of the Uni¬ 
versity's current five-year capital plan, 
according to Lawrence Kilduff, Vice 
President for Facilities Management. 
"There is enthusiasm for the concept 
of a substantial project for a new ath¬ 
letic tower," he says, cautioning that a 
good deal of the cost—at least $25 mil¬ 
lion in today's dollars—will likely 
have to come from gifts and loans, and 
that there are other major projects— 
particularly for residence halls and 
Ferris Booth—with strong claims on 
the capital budget. 

The master plan, completed in 1993 
by Davis, Brody & Associates, along 
with Parkin Architects, addresses a 
worsening shortage of space in 
Columbia's indoor athletic facilities. 
The Dodge Physical Fitness Center, 
designed to serve 3,000 male under¬ 
graduates in 1974, now serves some 
6,500 undergrads, 4,000 of them 
female. Interest in wellness and physi¬ 
cal fitness has exploded over the last 
two decades in the population at large, 
and Columbia facilities now serve a 
much larger portion of the University 
community of some 20,000 students 
and 10,000 faculty and staff, as well as 
alumni. A 1991 survey found that 
Columbia has the meagerest indoor 


facilities of any Ivy school, and the 
planners' report—though admiring of 
the gym building's efficient use of 
available space—also criticizes the cen¬ 
ter's winding corridors, its confusing 
circulation system, and its congested 
entrances and exits. 

The main solution proposed is the 
new tower, which in the architect's 
sketches resembles Pupin, Chandler, 
and Havemeyer Halls—the McKim, 
Mead and White buildings that would 
flank it on campus. It would rise six or 
seven stories above Pupin Plaza, on 
powerful columns foresightedly 
installed in the early 70's in the west¬ 
ern end of Levien Gym. The new 
building would have a recreational 
gym with a single basketball court tak¬ 
ing up the two lowest floors, and 
would devote one floor to fencing and 
multipurpose use, one to racquetball 
and international-sized squash courts, 
and one to a 25-yard-long instructional 
lap pool. There may be room on the 
roof for a tennis court. There would be 
additional office and multipurpose 
space, and an entrance uniting the new 
building with the rest of the complex. 

The final project foreseen in the 
master plan is a 50-meter intercolle¬ 
giate swimming pool, which could be 
built on land Columbia owns along 
the east side of Amsterdam Avenue 
between 121st and 122nd streets. The 
plan makes clear that the swimming 
facility, whose price tag might be 
around $30 million in today's dollars, 
is a less pressing need, to be taken up 
later on. It is not in the University's 
five-year capital plan. 

Indeed, the master plan could not 
find space for several key items on the 
Athletics Department wish list: a larg¬ 
er, more modern basketball arena for 
varsity games (Levien Gym was 
judged adequate), an intercollegiate 
indoor track, more hard-surface tennis 
courts, and a training facility for crew, 
with rowing tanks. 

Alumni have been especially active 
in planning and fundraising for im¬ 
provements at Baker Field. For exam¬ 
ple, their contributions recently allowed 
the Athletics Department to engage 
Richard Dattner, the architect of Wien 
Stadium, to begin preliminary studies 
for an overhaul of the Chrystie Field 
House, to allow for unified football 
locker rooms, enlarged training facili¬ 
ties, an enhanced media room, and ren¬ 
ovation of the sepulchral lounge often 
used for alumni receptions. 


University officials had expected to 
be done by now with the biggest Baker 
Field initiative—replacing the grass in 
Wien Stadium with artificial turf, a 
project given some urgency, according 
to Athletic Director John A. Reeves, by 
the need to be able to make more 
intensive use of all available fields. 

The Trustees approved the over $1 
million undertaking in June, with 
about half the money coming from the 
University capital budget. Pledges for 
the rest were in hand. Then, shortly 
before work was to begin, a $1 billion 
management fraud scandal broke over 
Balsam AG, the German parent com¬ 
pany of Balsam Corporation and 
AstroTurf Industries, the American 
companies installing the carpet. On 
June 10 the German company filed for 
bankruptcy, and its American sub¬ 
sidiaries, though in no way implicated 
in the scandal, found themselves in an 
unexpected legal and financial tangle. 
A few days later. Dr. Reeves decided 
that the safest course for Columbia 
was to defer the project at least until 
May 1995. 

Columbia football alumni respond¬ 
ed strongly to appeals for the Astro- 
Turf project from a fundraising com¬ 
mittee chaired by Football Advisory 
Committee member Ed Backus '77. 
They provided 95 percent of the alum¬ 
ni contribution to a changeover that 
will end the football program's virtual 
monopoly on the use of Wien Stadium. 

The project addresses the familiar 
and fundamental exigency of the 
whole Columbia sports program—the 
acute shortage of space. While the 
grass field in Wien Stadium can be 
used about 20 times a year, Mr. Reeves 
estimates that artificial turf can be 
used 260 days (the whole year minus 
100 days for bad weather), assuring 
space for spring football practice, club 
and intramural sports, physical educa¬ 
tion classes, and new women's inter¬ 
collegiate programs which may be 
added; in lacrosse and field hockey, 
for example, artificial surfaces are 
preferred. 

Another advantage is future rental 
income, which could reach six figures 
by the turn of the century, according 
to A1 Carlson, Associate Athletic 
Director for Administration and 
Financial Affairs. 

Although artificial playing surfaces 
are believed by some to be more dan¬ 
gerous, Mr. Reeves points out that the 
most recent NCAA study of college 



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football injury rates shows artificial 
turf to have been safer than grass in 
three of the last five years. The surface 
that was to be installed this summer, 
the top-of-the-line AstroTurf XL, is 
also spongier and more resilient than 
earlier artificial surfaces; it was to go 
over a softer, crushed-rock base, not 
asphalt; it even looks more like the real 
thing. 

With artificial turf, John Reeves en¬ 
thusiastically envisions a Baker Field 
stop for recreational athletes on the 
bus shuttle that now links the Morn- 
ingside and Health Sciences campuses. 
"At other Ivy schools like Princeton, 
Harvard or Dartmouth, with seeming¬ 
ly unlimited land, I might not support 
artificial turf," he adds, less expansive¬ 
ly. "Here, not to build it would be, in 
my opinion, short-sighted." 

Tom Mathewson 

Buff Donelli dies at 87 

Aldo T. "Buff" Donelli, who guided 
Columbia football to three consecutive 
successful seasons in the early 1960's, 
died on August 9 in Fort Lauderdale, 
Fla. He was 87. 

Born in Morgan, Pa., Donelli was a 
talented football player for Duquesne 
in the late 1920's, but his best sport 
was soccer. He led the U.S. national 
team to victory over Mexico in a quali¬ 
fying match for the 1934 World Cup, 
scoring all four American goals, and 
he scored the only U.S. goal in a 7-1 
loss to Italy, the host and eventual 
world champion. 

Before succeeding Lou Little as 
Columbia football coach in 1957, 
Donelli built winning records in 12 
years at Duquesne and Boston 
University. He was also Lou Little's 
backfield coach for the Lions' brilliant 
1945 and 1946 teams, which together 
were 14-4. 

For part of the 1941 season, while 
coaching Duquesne, Donelli moon¬ 
lighted as head coach of the hapless 
Pittsburgh Steelers of the NFL—a dual 
role which is unique in sports history. 
He also coached professionally with 
the Cleveland Rams and the Brooklyn 
Dodgers. 

At Columbia, Donelli took over a 
losing football program, and his career 
was to end in frustration. But in the 
interim, the program enjoyed its only 
sustained period of success in the Ivy 
League era. The freshmen who came 
to campus in 1958, Donelli's first full 


Gonzy and the Misfits 

The coach was a loose cannon and the team went 0-10. 

But for this fifth-string Lion gridder, it was the best of times. 

by Greg Gonzalez '87 


ith college football season 
upon us, the cry begins anew 
to institute a national championship 
playoff. Under the current bowl sys¬ 
tem, some teams inevitably feel they 
are not ranked where they should be. 
Witness the wailing of Notre Dame's 
supporters last season after the Irish 
ended up ranked behind Florida State, 
a team they had beaten. 

I have little sympathy for Notre 
Dame or teams that feel they should 
be ranked higher. I have even less 
sympathy for fans who feel their 
team's bowl is not good enough for 
them. In fact, I have a problem with 
any team that feels it has been slighted 
in any way. It should appreciate every 
victory and every game, not to men¬ 
tion a bowl of any kind. 

I know what a victory means. I 
played for Columbia, and in my two 
years as a varsity player we didn't 
win a game. My junior year in 1985, 
we went 0-10 and gained national 
attention for all the wrong reasons. I 


have no regrets, and if I had to do it 
over, I wouldn't change a thing. 

Here's what happened: 

In January of 1985, Jim Garrett was 
hired as coach to replace Bob Naso. 
Garrett had coached and scouted in 
the NFL, and he pledged to bring a 
pro intensity to Columbia, an Ivy 
League school that has a great tradi¬ 
tion —of academics. At the end of the 
1984 season, we had an 11-game losing 
streak that would eventually stretch to 
44, the longest losing streak in major 
college football. 

But Garrett was going to change all 
that in 1985. At Ivy League Media 
Day, he predicted Columbia would go 
10-0 and win the Ivy League champi¬ 
onship. The media loved him. He was 
always good for an outlandish quote 
and they could write about his sons— 
John, Jason and Judd "The Stud." 

Garrett and his sons were going to 
lead Columbia to the promised land. 
John, a fellow receiver, was a friend 
and classmate of mine. Quarterback 



class of recruits, led Columbia to its 
only Ivy title in 1961. Donelli's next 
two teams, led by quarterback Archie 
Roberts '65, were 5-4 and 4-4-1. During 
the first half of the 60's, Columbia foot¬ 
ball (with a .477 winning percentage) 
almost broke even, a standard of via¬ 
bility that has remained a remote goal 
ever since. Donelli retired from coach¬ 
ing after the 1967 season with an over¬ 
all Columbia record of 30-67-2. To 
many of his players—a group that 
included his son Dick Donelli '59, an 
outstanding Lion quarterback—he was 
an inspiring and influential figure. In 
1988 they dedicated the Aldo T. "Buff" 
Donelli Football/Intercollegiate 
Weight Room at the Dodge Physical 
Fitness Center in his honor. 


Among his proteges. Bill Campbell 
'62 was especially close. Like Donelli a 
western Pennsylvania native, Camp¬ 
bell was a captain of the 1961 Ivy co¬ 
champions, an assistant coach under 
Donelli, and Columbia head coach in 
the 1970's. He now runs Intuit, a com¬ 
puter software company in Menlo 
Park, Calif. Speaking from Ambridge, 
Pa., where he had gone to join the 
Donelli family before the funeral, 
Campbell recalled a well-read man 
who cared how his players performed 
in the classroom. "He was like a father 
to me," Campbell said. "He taught me 
how to grow up, how to be a man." 

T.M.M 

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47 


Jason was an ineligible sophomore 
transfer from Princeton. Judd, all-state 
in Ohio as a high school senior, played 
on the freshman team. 

As the season grew near, "My Three 
Sons" headlines abounded and 
Columbia fans began to believe 
Garrett's rhetoric. Amid what would 
be called hype in the Ivy League, we 
departed for camp at Blair Academy 
in Blairstown, N.J. 

I had a terrible camp. Because I had 
missed some spring workouts for 
track, I was labeled a "track guy" 
going in, which meant that even 
though I was recruited to play football, 
I was more interested in track. Then I 
hurt my back and caught "dropitis," a 
coach's term for bad hands. I sat out a 
few days because of the back injury, 
and when I returned, there was a 
shortage of tight ends, so I was moved 
there on the scout team. At six feet, 180 
pounds, I was perhaps the smallest 
tight end in college football. 

T he season started with the infa¬ 
mous loss to Harvard. We led by 
17-0 toward the end of the third quar¬ 
ter, but the Crimson scored 49 points 
in 20 minutes and we lost, 49-17. Jim 
Garrett called us "drug-addicted 
losers" and the ignominy was on. 

Of course, Garrett meant that we 
were addicted to losing, but the quote 
was widely misunderstood, and ended 
up in Esquire magazine's Dubious 
Achievement Awards. 

I stayed at scout tight end through 
the beginning of the season and did not 
play a down. The team fared no better. 
When we took the field at Colgate later 
in the year, the band struck up the 
theme to the "Mickey Mouse Club" 
and we were introduced as the "worst 
college football team in America." 

I could not help but reason that if 
we were the worst team in America 
and I couldn't play a down, I must 
have been one of the worst players in 
the country. I became determined to 
be the best worst player in pads. I 
played against the first team defense 
in practice with a vengeance. My game 
time was practice and I joined forces 
with other scout team players. We 
called ourselves the Misfits and stud¬ 
ied the opposing teams' offenses more 
closely than our own. 

As a tight end, my run-blocking was 
average. But I was unstoppable on 
pass routes, mostly because of quar¬ 
terback Jason Garrett. Yes, that Jason 


Garrett, the backup quarterback for 
the Dallas Cowboys. 

Jason and I had a great agreement 
on the field. I ran fast somewhere, 
and he threw the ball right to me. 
Most of our opponents ran the ball, 
so we could not showcase our talents, 
but we loved to throw the ball. 
Because of his ineligibility, I could 
imagine his frustration that year. 

My big break came during Yale 


week. The Bulldogs had a great pass- 
catching tight end, so during that 
week, Jason threw the ball and I 
caught it like never before. Jason went 
to me twice in a row for long touch¬ 
downs with the same play, a great 
accomplishment for a scout team. For 
my performance, the Misfits voted me 
player of the week, which meant I 
received a stolen ball at Sunday's 
practice. 



Jim Garrett 
















48 


Before the Yale game, I entertained 
fantasies of playing. My sister Lisa and 
my cousin Terri Solorio had come out 
from Los Angeles to visit, and because 
of my great week in practice, I thought 
maybe the coaches would play me. But 
then I realized I didn't know any of 
our offense—I was too busy studying 
Yale's plays. 

I tried to explain to my sister and 
cousin about my situation before the 
game, but I didn't know what to say. 
They ended up having a good time, 
because a classmate of mine, Ron 
Burton, was the student radio broad¬ 
caster, and he invited them into the 
booth during the game. 

We lost and I came off the field with 
a clean uniform. After the game I met 
my friends, sister and cousin at the 
subway stop on the way home. We all 
avoided mentioning the game or foot¬ 
ball. It was very awkward and embar¬ 
rassing. 

A s it turned out, the coaches did 
notice my effort. Jim Benedict, 
the receivers' coach, asked for a word 
before practice. My moment had 
arrived. I was sure he would ask me 
to work with the first offense. I was 
wrong. 

"Greg, the defensive coaches like 
your speed, they want you to work 
with the scout defense," Benedict told 
me. 

I was crushed. A move from scout 
"O" to scout "D" was like getting 
transferred from cleaning toilets to 
picking up trash, I thought. I was 
wrong again. 

The defensive backs' coach was Rod 
Perry, the former All-Pro, now the Los 
Angeles Rams' coach for the same 
position. Perry began to work with me 
after practice. Long after everyone else 
had returned to campus, he gave me a 
crash course in reading quarterbacks 
and running receivers out of their 
routes. He never once mentioned his 
own career, and never commented on 
what must have been the worst team 
he had ever seen. He gave me confi¬ 
dence and made me believe I was 
good. I'll never forget his high-pitched 
voice. 

"Gonzy," he said softly one day as 
we went over zone defense. "Relax 
back there and watch the quarter¬ 
back's eyes. React to the throw, and if 
the receiver gets his hands on it, just 
separate the individual from the foot¬ 
ball." Rod Perry never raised his voice 


and never said "football" without a 
pause between "foot" and "ball." 

I still didn't get on the field during a 
game—not yet. Now I was working 
against the first offense, and I began to 
switch in on the return teams. During 
Colgate week, I had another one of 
those great practices. I returned a punt 
and a kick for a touchdown and then 
caught Jim Garrett's eye during team 
offense, a scrimmage session. 

Because Garrett coached offense, he 
saw the scout defense play. Playing 
cornerback, I filled in on run support 
and laid a great hit on John Chirico, 
our fullback, who later played for the 
New York Jets. 

"Who is that guy," Garrett screamed. 
"Superman?" 

Garrett had a penchant for the 
dramatic. 

O n Thursdays before away games, 
the travel list was posted in order 
to pack for the Friday departure to the 
game site, in this case, Hamilton, N.Y. 
On our two previous traveling Thurs¬ 
days, I checked the board and walked 
away with a free Saturday. This time I 
looked, but found no GONZALEZ, G. on 
the list. 

During team dinner that Thursday, I 
commiserated with the Misfits. We sat 
around trying to decide who had it the 
worst. Mike Monteith, the scout full¬ 
back, won that night because he had a 
20-page engineering lab due the next 
day and he hadn't started. Somebody 
said, "Here comes the Big Man." The 
Big Man was our nickname for Garrett. 

Garrett said I should call the equip¬ 
ment office and have someone pack 
my gear. I was going to Colgate. It 
sounds silly now, but any small victo¬ 
ry was reason to rejoice. The Misfits 
were happy one of their own had 
"made it" and made me a congratula¬ 
tory sundae. 

Still, I didn't play. Not against 
Colgate, and not the next week against 
Dartmouth. There were two games 
left—Cornell and Brown, and I knew 
my star was rising. I had become a sort 
of folk hero on the team and the coach¬ 
es made an example of my persistence. 
I enjoyed the attention. 

I began to have my wrists taped and 
to tie my jersey in practice, just like 
UCLA players. Suddenly I was work¬ 
ing half the time with the first defense 
and found myself playing against the 
Misfits and Jason Garrett during 
Cornell week. It was strange being on 


the other side, but picking off one of 
Garrett's passes made it easier to deal 
with. 

I was on the traveling list to Cornell. 
At the Friday night defensive back 
meeting. Rod Perry called us together 
after Miami Vice and talked about 
Cornell's offense, as well as desire and 
the will to compete. After the meeting. 
Perry pulled me aside and said the 
magic words: "You're starting tomor¬ 
row, Gonzy." 

I could have danced all night. I was 
going to start my first college game. 

My roommate, Greg Fondran, and I 
talked about upsetting Cornell and 
breaking the streak, which stood at 19. 
We talked and talked, until 4 a.m. 

Who could sleep? 

At the team breakfast Saturday 
morning, Jim Garrett gave his usual 
pre-game speech. 

"Today is a big day, men," he said. 
"Today you get a chance to show your 
courage against a great team having a 
bad year." Garrett was referring to 
Cornell's 3-5 record. 

Then he talked about me. "Greg 
Gonzalez is going to have a great 
game today. At the beginning of the 
season, he was so far down on the 
depth chart, you needed a double¬ 
reverse microscope to see him." That 
was Garrett's way of saying I was 
mired in obscurity. 

"But today... he's starting! You 
know why? Because he has courage..." 

I couldn't hear the rest, and my meal 
of steak and runny eggs began to 
churn in my stomach. I realized I had 
not been nervous for a game since my 
days at Cantwell High in L.A. 

W e stepped out of the hotel, and 
Ithaca was in the midst of an ice 
storm. The bus fish-tailed its way to 
the stadium where we filed into the 
locker room. 

I put on my pants, pulled up my 
white socks with Columbia Blue pip¬ 
ing and laced on my turf shoes. I had 
never played on artificial turf before. I 
went out with the specialists and 
wished I was in California. The field 
was covered by ice, and it was raining, 
sleeting, and snowing at the same time. 
The wind howled in my helmet's ear 
holes. In five minutes I was drenched. 

Thankfully, the game started, and I 
could worry about something besides 
the weather. I stood on the goal line 
and waited for my moment of glory. 

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Columbia College Today 


49 


Columbia Forum 


Speaking truth to power 

A brilliant literary critic, teacher, champion of the 
Palestinian cause, commentator on culture and politics, 
classical pianist, racquets player and epicure, University 
Professor Edward W. Said was invited to deliver the 
prestigious Reith Lectures, broadcast last year by the BBC. 
In the course of his six 30-minute talks, Professor Said 
discussed the roles and responsibilities of intellectuals in 
the modern world; the lectures have now been collected in a 
book, Representations of the Intellectual (Pantheon, 
1994), from which this is excerpted. 

D uring the MID-1960'S, just a short while before 
opposition to the Vietnamese war became very 
vocal and widespread, I was approached by an over¬ 
looking undergraduate at Columbia for admission to 
a seminar with limited enrollment. Part of his line to 
me was that he was a veteran of the war, having 
served there in the Air Force. As we chatted, he pro¬ 
vided me with a fascinatingly eerie glimpse into the 
mentality of the professional—in this case a seasoned 
pilot—whose vocabulary for his work could be 
described as "Insidese." I shall never forget the shock 
I received when in responding to my insistent ques¬ 
tion, "What did you actually do in the Air Force?" he 
replied, "Target acquisition." It took me several more 
minutes to figure out that he was a bombardier 
whose job it was, well, to bomb, but he had coated it 
in a professional language that in a certain sense was 
meant to exclude and mystify the rather more direct 
probings of a rank outsider. I did take him into the 
seminar, by the way—perhaps because I thought I 
could keep an eye on him and, as an added induce¬ 
ment, persuade him to drop the appalling jargon. 
"Target acquisition" indeed. 

In a more consistent and sustained way, I think, 
intellectuals who are close to policy formulation and 
can control patronage of the kind that gives or with¬ 
holds jobs, stipends, promotions tend to watch out 
for individuals who do not toe the line professionally 
and in the eyes of their superiors gradually come to 
exude an air of controversy and non-cooperation. 
Understandably of course, if you want a job done— 
let us say that you and your team have to provide the 
State Department or Foreign Office with a policy 
paper on Bosnia by next week—you need to sur¬ 
round yourself with people who are loyal, share the 
same assumptions, speak the same language. I have 
always felt that for an intellectual, being in that sort 
of professional position, where you are principally 
serving and winning rewards from power, is not at 
all conducive to the exercise of that critical and rela¬ 
tively independent spirit of analysis and judgment 
that, from my point of view, ought to be the intellec¬ 


tual's contribution. In other words, the intellectual, 
properly speaking, is not a functionary or an employ¬ 
ee completely given up to the policy goals of a gov¬ 
ernment or a large corporation, or even a guild of 
like-minded professionals. In such situations the 
temptations to turn off one's moral sense, or to think 
entirely from within the specialty, or to curtail skepti¬ 
cism in favor of conformity are far too great to be 
trusted. Many intellectuals succumb completely to 
these temptations, and to some degree all of us do. 

No one is totally self-supporting, not even the great¬ 
est of free spirits. 

A s a way of maintaining relative intellectual inde¬ 
pendence, having the attitude of an amateur 
instead of a professional is a better course. I do not 
consider myself bound by my professional training in 
literature, ruling myself out from matters of public 
policy just because I am only certified to teach mod¬ 
ern European and American literature. I speak and 
write about broader matters because as a rank ama¬ 
teur I am spurred on by commitments that go well 
beyond my narrow professional career. Of course I 
make a conscious effort to acquire a new and wider 
audience for these views, which I never present 
inside a classroom. 

But what are these amateur forays into the public 
sphere really about? Is the intellectual galvanized 
into intellectual action by primordial, local, instinc¬ 
tive loyalties—one's race, or people, or religion—or is 
there some more universal and rational set of princi¬ 
ples that can and perhaps do govern how one speaks 
and writes? In effect I am asking the basic question 
for the intellectual: how does one speak the truth? 
What truth? For whom and where? 

Unfortunately we must begin to respond by saying 
that there is no system or method that is broad and 
certain enough to provide the intellectual with direct 
answers to these questions. In the secular world—our 
world, the historical and social world made by human 
effort—the intellectual has only secular means to 
work with; revelation and inspiration, while perfectly 
feasible as modes for understanding in private life, 
are disasters and even barbaric when put to use by 
theoretically minded men and women. Indeed I 
would go so far as saying that the intellectual must 
be involved in a life-long dispute with all the guard¬ 
ians of sacred vision or text whose depredations are 
legion and whose heavy hand brooks no disagree¬ 
ment and certainly no diversity. Uncompromising 
freedom of opinion and expression is the secular 
intellectual's main bastion: to abandon its defense or 
to tolerate tamperings with any of its foundations is 
in effect to betray the intellectual's calling. That is 
why the defense of Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses 
has been so absolutely central an issue, both for its 
own sake and for the sake of every other infringe¬ 
ment against the right to expression of journalists. 





novelists, essayists, poets, historians. 

And this is not just an issue for those in the Islamic 
world, but also in the Jewish and Christian worlds 
too. Freedom of expression cannot be sought invidi¬ 
ously in one territory and ignored in another. For 
with authorities who claim the secular right to 
defend divine decree there can be no debate no mat¬ 
ter where they are, whereas for the intellectual, tough 
searching debate is the core of activity, the very stage 
and setting of what intellectuals without revelation 
really do. But we are back to square one: what truth 
and principles should one defend, uphold, represent? 
This is no Pontius Pilate's question, a washing of 
one's hands of a difficult case, but the necessary 
beginnings of a survey of where today the intellectual 
stands and what a treacherous, uncharted minefield 
surrounds him or her. 

T ake as a starting point the whole, by now extreme¬ 
ly disputatious matter of objectivity, or accuracy, 
or facts. In 1988 the American historian Peter Novick 
published a massive volume that showed how the 
very nub of historical investigation—the idea of objec¬ 
tivity by which a historian seizes the opportunity to 
render facts as realistically and accurately as possi¬ 
ble—gradually evolved into a quagmire of competing 
claims and counterclaims, all of them wearing down 
any semblance of agreement. He concludes mournful¬ 
ly that "as a broad community of discourse, as a com¬ 
munity of scholars united by common aims, common 
standards, and common purposes, the discipline of 
history had ceased to exist.... The professor [of his¬ 
tory] was as described in the last verse of the Book of 
Judges: In those days there was no king in Israel; 
every man did that which was right in his own eyes." 
One of the main intellectual activities of our centu¬ 


ry has been the questioning, not to say undermining, 
of authority. So to add to Novick's findings we 
would have to say that not only did a consensus dis¬ 
appear on what constituted objective reality, but a lot 
of traditional authorities, including God, were in the 
main swept away. There has even been an influential 
school of philosophers, among whom Michel 
Foucault ranks very high, who say that to speak of an 
author at all (as in "the author of Milton's poems") is 
a highly tendentious, not to say ideological, over¬ 
statement. 

In the face of this quite formidable onslaught, to 
regress either into hand-wringing impotence or into 
muscular reassertions of traditional values, as charac¬ 
terized by the global neo-conservative movement, 
will not do. I think it is true to say that the critique of 
objectivity and authority did perform a positive ser¬ 
vice by underlining how, in the secular world, 
human beings construct their truths, and that, for 
example, the so-called objective truth of the white 
man's superiority built and maintained by the classi¬ 
cal European colonial empires also rested on a violent 
subjugation of African and Asian peoples who, it is 
equally true, fought that particular imposed "truth" 
in order to provide an independent order of their 
own. And so now everyone comes forward with new 
and often violently opposed views of the world: one 
hears endless talk about Judeo-Christian values, 
Afrocentric values, Muslim truths. Eastern truths. 
Western truths, each providing a complete program 
for excluding all the others. There is now more intol¬ 
erance and strident assertiveness abroad everywhere 
than any one system can handle. 

One of the shabbiest of all intellectual gambits is 
to pontificate about abuses in someone else's society 
and to excuse exactly the same practices in one's own. 



Michael Rosenthal (left) and Edward W. Said of Columbia English department at a Faculty House reception in April, 
when College students presented them, respectively, with the 1994 Mark Van Doren and Lionel Trilling Awards. 






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For me the classic example of this is provided by the 
brilliant 19th-century French intellectual Alexis de 
Tocqueville, who, to many of us educated to believe 
in classical liberal and Western democratic values, 
exemplified those values almost to the letter. Having 
criticized American mistreatment of Indians and 
black slaves, Tocqueville later had to deal with French 
colonial policies in Algeria during the late 1830's and 
1840's, where under Marshal Bugeaud the French 
army of occupation undertook a savage war of pacifi¬ 
cation against the Algerian Muslims. All of a sudden, 
the very norms with which he had humanely demur¬ 
red at American malfeasance are suspended for 
French actions, in the name of what he calls national 
pride. Massacres leave him unmoved: Muslims, he 
says, belong to an inferior religion and must be disci¬ 
plined. In short, the apparent universalism of his 
language for America is willfully denied application 
to his own country, even as it pursues similarly 
inhumane policies. 

T he fundamental problem is therefore how to rec¬ 
oncile one's identity and the actualities of one's 
own culture, society, and history to the reality of 
other identities, cultures, peoples. This can never be 
done simply by asserting one's preference for what is 
already one's own: tub-thumping about the glories of 
"our" culture or the triumphs of "our" history is not 
worthy of the intellectual's energy, especially not 
today when so many societies are comprised of dif¬ 
ferent races and backgrounds as to resist any reduc¬ 
tive formulas. The public realm in which intellectuals 
make their representations is extremely complex and 
contains uncomfortable features, but the meaning of 
an effective intervention in that realm has to rest on 
the intellectual's unbudgeable conviction in the con¬ 
cept of justice and fairness that allows for differences 
between nations and individuals, without at the same 
time assigning them to hidden hierarchies, prefer¬ 
ences, evaluations. Everyone today professes a liberal 
language of equality and harmony for all. The prob¬ 
lem for the intellectual is to bring these notions to 
bear on actual situations where the gap between the 
profession of equality and justice, on the one hand, 
and the rather less edifying reality, on the other, is 
very great. 

Of course there are questions of patriotism and loy¬ 
alty to one's people. And of course the intellectual is 
not an uncomplicated automaton, hurling mathemat¬ 
ically devised laws and rules across the board. And 
of course fear and the normal limitations on one's 
time and attention and capacity as an individual 
voice operate with fearsome efficiency. But whereas 
we are right to bewail the disappearance of a consen¬ 
sus on what constitutes objectivity, we are not by the 
same token completely adrift in self-indulgent subjec¬ 
tivity. Taking refuge inside a profession or nationali¬ 
ty is only taking refuge; it is not answer to the goads 
all of us receive just by reading the morning's news. 

Nothing in my view is more reprehensible than 
those habits of mind in the intellectual that induce 
avoidance, that characteristic turning away from a 


difficult and principled position which you know to 
be the right one but which you decide not to take. 

You do not want to appear to be too political; you are 
afraid of seeming controversial; you need the 
approval of a boss or authority figure; you want to 
keep a reputation for being balanced, objective, mod¬ 
erate; your hope is to be asked back, to consult, to be 
on a board or prestigious committee, and so to 
remain within the responsible mainstream; someday 
you hope to get an honorary degree, a big prize, per¬ 
haps even an ambassadorship. For an intellectual 
these habits of mind are corrupting par excellence. 

The purple skein 

Roald Hoffman '59 shared the 1981 Nobel Prize in 
Chemistry with Kenichi Fukui and holds the John A. 
Newman professorship in physical science at Cornell 
University. But he enjoys wandering from the frontiers of 
knowledge to reflect on basic human aspects of science and 
give free rein to his imagination. He writes poetry as well 
as popular and scholarly scientific articles, and has hosted 
a 26-part PBS series to enliven chemistry for high school 
students. In Chemistry Imagined: Reflections on 
Science (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1993), Professor 
Hoffman collaborated with the artist Vivian Torrence to 
produce a series of meditations on his field, which begins 
with this passage on change. 

F rom the Beginning ... chemistry was the art of 
making substances change, or watching their 
spontaneous transformations. Ice turned into water, 
water could be made to boil. Grape juice or sugar 
cane mash turned into alcohol, and if you didn't 
intervene, it turned again, into vinegar. The colorless 
fluid in the gland of a Mediterranean sea snail, when 
exposed to air and sunlight, turned yellow, green, 
and finally a purple that could dye a skein of wool 
and hold fast. 

The change, yellow into purple, A into B, solid into 
liquid, was as fascinating as it was useful. The meta¬ 
phor of change prompted people to join a philosophy 
to simple chemistry, thus creating alchemy. And the 
sheer utility of transforming the world for our own 
purposes—making soap from lye and oil, mixing 
concrete and letting it set, learning to stop fermenta¬ 
tion, making bronze from copper and tin that have 
been smelted from their ores—led to an evolution of 
lore into practice, then into industry and science. 

Today chemistry is the science of molecules and 
their transformations. Over a period of a few hun¬ 
dred years art changed into science (with a conve¬ 
nient mythology to obscure how much art there still 
is in it), and instead of substances, chemists think of 
molecules. Of the original definition, transformation 
remains—colorless into purple, dangerous to innocu¬ 
ous (or the reverse), raw into cooked, molecule A into 
molecule B. Chemistry is about change, it always 
was, and will be. The change may be hidden, in the 
steel cylinders of a refinery, in the unseen but critical 
uptake of nitrogen by a bacterium. The change may 



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be mathematicized, in a model of an atmosphere 
under stress above Mexico City. But the change is 
there. 

Where we sit 

Critic, novelist, poet, and professor, Phillip Lop ate '64 
has produced The Art of the Personal Essay: An 
Anthology from the Classical Era to the Present 
(Anchor/Doubleday, 1994), a tome that ranges from 
Seneca to Annie Dillard. In his introduction, he attempts 
to define the essence of the art. 

T he hallmark of the personal essay is its inti¬ 
macy. The writer seems to be speaking directly 
into your ear, confiding everything from gossip to 


R. J. Matson '85, from The New York Observer 


wisdom. Through sharing thoughts, memories, 
desires, complaints, and whimsies, the personal 
essayist sets up a relationship with the reader, a dia¬ 
logue—a friendship, if you will, based on identifica¬ 
tion, understanding, tenderness and companionship. 

At the core of the personal essay is the supposition 
that there is a certain unity to human experience. As 
Michel de Montaigne, the great innovator and patron 
saint of personal essayists, put it, "Every man has 
within himself the entire human condition." This 
meant that when he was telling about himself, he was 
talking, to some degree, about all of us. The personal 
essay has an implicitly democratic bent, in the value 
it places on experience rather than status distinctions. 
"And on the loftiest throne in the world we are still 
sitting only on our own rump," wrote Montaigne. 




























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The Schindler complacency 

Jason Epstein '49, vice president and editorial director 
of Random House, took issue with the near-universal 
acclaim that greeted Steven Spielberg's movie Schindler's 
List. He offered his dissent in The New York Review of 
Books, from which this is excerpted. 

D espite its seven Oscars I doubt that Schindler's 
List will survive its season either as a memo¬ 
rable film or as a comment on the concentration 
camps, for the evil that Spielberg tries to portray lies 
beyond his imagination 

Hitler's genocide was a crime against humanity, a 
crime in which a great part of humanity was itself an 
accomplice. Hitler's victims were multitudinous, but 
his accomplices—both active and passive and not 
simply in Germany—were far more numerous. 
Schindler was an exotic exception and Spielberg's 
film lets viewers take comfort and pride in his virtu¬ 
ous behavior, but the Holocaust raises terrible ques¬ 
tions about the quality of our species, and it is these 
questions that Stephen Spielberg, for all his good 
intentions and craftsmanship, did not ask, perhaps 
because they did not occur to him. 

His coarse and self-indulgent Nazis suggest that he 
has grasped the banality of evil. But he has not un¬ 
derstood its universality, its persistence, or the mag¬ 
nitude of its victory in our time. This is not to say that 
in evil times good deeds may not be celebrated. They 
must be celebrated, but with some sense of historical 
perspective, and here Spielberg fails. He has placed 
the oddity Schindler in the foreground of his tale and 
let him determine the triumphant outcome. But 
Schindler's good deed was marginal and its motiva¬ 
tion obscure, so different from the behavior of count¬ 
less others at the time and since as to suggest that he 
might have come from a different planet, like another 
famous Spielberg character. 

Except to the people whose lives he saved, 
Schindler made no difference to the outcome of the 
Holocaust. But the film's aim is to show that he made 
a huge difference, for he is meant (like Spencer Tracy 
at Black Rock, etc.) to prove that remarkable individ¬ 
uals can outsmart evil. What then of the others? Did 
they die by the millions simply because they weren't 
clever enough themselves or lucky enough to find a 
Schindler of their own? Does the film mean to sug¬ 
gest that if only there had been enough Schindlers, 
the problem of evil which the Holocaust raises would 
have been solved, that it was merely for lack of clev¬ 
erness or luck on the part of the victims that they 
died? And not only Hitler's victims, but the victims 
of Lenin, Stalin, Mao and their various imitators: did 
they too die for lack of someone with Schindler's 
spunky wit? In China and elsewhere are so many still 
dying because they aren't clever and nervy and lucky 
enough to survive? 

The aesthetic and moral failure of Schindler's List is 
a matter of misplaced emphasis. A dramatic repre¬ 
sentation of Hitler's crime should leave us shaken 


and humiliated on behalf of our species, for the Holo¬ 
caust raises the most serious questions about our col¬ 
lective sanity, to say nothing of our moral quality. 
Washington's Holocaust Museum faces these ap¬ 
palling questions with courage and dignity—perhaps 
a little too much dignity—without attempting an 
answer. Schindler's List doesn't face these questions at 
all, nor does it ask its audience to face them. What it 
provides instead is an opportunity to transcend them 
by concentrating on an atypical good deed. In a 
famous scene, a beautiful boy is up to his shoulders 
in a reeking latrine. His expression is troubled and 
angelic, an expression that denies the experience of 
being in a real latrine, as the film itself evades the real 
lesson of the Holocaust. 

Hitler's crimes are particularly poignant to us 
because they occurred so to speak in the house next 
door—in Anne Frank's house. The victims were our¬ 
selves at barely one remove. The pity and terror that 
we feel are entirely personal. In the case of Stalin's 
crimes, however, which preceded Hitler's and contin¬ 
ued long after Hitler's death, millions of otherwise 
civilized Westerners simply turned away while 
countless others, most of them educated and humane 
and appalled by Hitler's murders, defended Stalin's 
camps as part of a necessary historic process leading 
to the eventual demise of the bourgeoisie. In any 
case, the Soviet victims in their faraway country with 
their unpronounceable names, and odd clothing were 
seen as nothing like us. Perhaps for them death was 
different, as perhaps it is for the Chinese, whose 
strange lives most of us can barely imagine. 

F or this repeated indifference to our stated values 
our culture has paid a huge price in the form of 
lost confidence. No matter to what absurd extremes 
the literary theory of deconstruction has been carried 
in our universities, the plain fact is that we have 
taught ourselves and our children to regard the con¬ 
ventional discourse of our civilization with the utmost 
skepticism, so that from high culture to low—from 
Plato and Shakespeare all the way down to the White 
House and still further down to the House of Wind¬ 
sor—we now, as a matter of habit, dismantle every¬ 
thing, leaving only the most fragile spiritual and 
cultural ground beneath us. 

Perhaps that is why Schindler's List is so admired 
and why its partisans defend it with such unshakable 
sentiment. Schindler's List provides something to 
trust. But in these corrosive times Spielberg's charm¬ 
ing trickster is unlikely to be trusted for long. And 
meanwhile will anyone be drawn by the film to see 
the connection between Nazi crimes and those in 
China and elsewhere and risk his factory and fortune 
as Schindler risked his? Schindler's List, as its admir¬ 
ers insist, makes us face the Holocaust yet again. But 
it has also encouraged us to face the Holocaust in a 
most complacent and self-serving way. 

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Excerpted with permission from The New Review of Books, © 1994, NYREV, Inc. 



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The professor and the soldier 


A 1944 letter from Professor William C. Casey, recently 
unearthed by a former student, recalls the heroism and 
sacrifice of a generation. 


B y the time he reached Naples in 
the spring of 1944, Capt. Thomas M. 
Healy '37 was a veteran of the battles for 
North Africa and Sicily. An army combat 
surgeon, Dr. Healy served with the 750- 
bed 9th Evac Hospital, which would move 
30 times over the course of 36 months and 
treat some 55,000 casualties. 

Despite the extent of the 9th's activity, 
and what Dr. Healy witnessed in the 
course of its travels, the greater signifi¬ 
cance of the war eluded him. "We had no 
political indoctrination at all," he recalled. 
"There was no knowledge of the Holocaust. 
Absolutely none." 

One day, during a lull in the routine, he 
and a few other personnel were sitting in a 
tent, pondering the question that every 
soldier asks eventually—what am I doing 
here? "I said to myself, 'There's one person 
who can answer this question — that's 
Professor Casey.’" 

With a handful of others—Mark Van 
Doren, Lionel Trilling, Irwin Edman — 
William C. Casey was one of the College's 
legendary professors. In the 28 years (1931 
to 1959) that he taught sociology, his 
courses were among those that graduating 
seniors invariably deemed "Best" or "Most 
Valuable." In 1957, his former students 
bestowed upon him the Great Teacher 
Award. 

Professor Casey was renowned for giv¬ 
ing concrete meaning to abstract but 
unthinkingly employed terms like "public 
opinion." Using an analytic method 
drawn from his extensive knowledge of the 
social sciences and history, he would apply 
his ideas to the real world of pressing eco¬ 
nomic and political problems: In the 
1930's, for example, he opposed conven¬ 
tional notions about the financing of gov¬ 
ernment debt and spending and advocated 
approaches like those of John Maynard 
Keynes. His students (upperclassmen 
only; Mr. Casey did not accept freshmen 
and sophomores) affectionately dubbed his 


brand of pedagogy "Caseyology." 

"His work, from earliest days, was sim¬ 
ply the application of a brilliant mind to 
extensive reading," wrote Charles J. 
Hanser '33 and David A. Boehm '34 in 
The Real Real World of William C. 
Casey. "What emerged was what he pre¬ 
sented to students." Professor Casey was a 
teacher of the purest sort; he never pub¬ 
lished a word, dispensing his wisdom 
instead in the classroom and his office. 

It was Professor Casey to whom Dr. 
Healy, in a tent thousands of miles from 
Morningside Heights, wrote for guidance. 
Dr. Healy has kept his teacher's reply for 
50 years. Prompted by the semicentennial 
of its writing, and by the recent obser¬ 
vances of the Normandy invasion, he has 
graciously shared it with fellow alumni. 

—Editor. 

D ear Thomas, 

Bless your heart for that gracious 
V-letter of yours which brightened up 
this office no end. As is the way of 
superior men in their twenties, you are 
too modest. You seem momentarily to 
forget that my basic profession is 
undergraduates in the best sense of 
that class of the population. I have 
other interests, of course, but none that 
get such attention. Obviously I could 
not forget you; I sincerely hope that 
you do not really believe that I could. 
Anyhow, if I did, some of you men— 
especially those who become captains 
in the very brief span of two or three 
years, and who became physicians in a 
brief span before that, all this side of 
their thirties—hadn't better be forgot¬ 
ten by anybody, if the whole of us are 
to make any sense at all of the cata¬ 
strophic facts of this era. 

The young Athenians in the Age of 
Pericles used to put the Myrtle Wreath 


on their own heads when they arose 
in the assembly to speak on Public 
Matters. That was to remind them that 
they were instruments of the Common¬ 
wealth and as such were sterner, more 
mature stuff than they otherwise 
would have suspected. It was these 
men, after tutelage in the respective 
arts and graces that constituted 
Athenian education, who accounted 
for Athenian supremacy in all the seas 
of the ancient world. They were the 
sons of Salamis and Thermopylae, of 
the Olympian Games, of the Greek 
Theater, of the Athenian Assembly— 
the inspiration of Plato's Republic; 
forerunners of Eton, Rugby, R.A.F., 
England fighting alone for her life; 
England fighting in collegium with 
others for everybody's life; and that 
most remarkable of Commonwealth 
men, Churchill. 

But what concerns me most is that 
all these were really forerunners of 
men like you. I doubt if any of them 
were as modest; I doubt if any of them 
had less philosophy as serves as mir¬ 
ror for your excellence. You and those 
like you are modestly disclaiming any 
understanding of your part in vast 
events, even as you bring to bear upon 
them your collective inspired might to 
reorder them for yourselves, and for 
the world itself for a long time to come. 
Even as you read this, you will won¬ 
der what has come over me, of all per¬ 
sons, to express myself, of all people, 
in such prose to you. 

Well, Thomas, much has come over 
me since you foregathered with me in 
Columbia precincts eight or so years 
ago. We were apparently busy then, 
weren't we, with what accountants call 
cost analysis. Only our subject was the 
social structure, as distinguished from 
the private industrial structure which 
for so long has come first in the 






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American's concern and attention. 

We were canvassing in those days the 
seamy side of what passes for Public 
Opinion. We were stressing distortion 
in language and thinking. We were 
attempting to see through to the 
"signal" nature of things as against 
accepting them for what they were 
commonly believed in as seeming. I am 
afraid I did not emphasize enough in 
these sessions with you and your class 
what constantly ran in the back of my 
head as hope and as faith. I do not re¬ 
call that I mentioned the positive side 
of either a 200 billion dollar national 
debt in your particular class; or the 
positive side of an Army Medical 
Corps, such as you are in now, or of 
an Army Engineering Corps, such as 
others in your class are in now. I do 
not recall that I mentioned the positive 
side of a gigantic bureaucracy, cen¬ 
tered in Washington, made up of 
effectives not much older than you, 
working into late hours of every night, 
all bringing to pass the greatest 
demonstration of effective, magnani¬ 
mous, collective might the world has 
ever known. 

I know this: that I had always 
dreamed out such eventualities. Such 
dreaming was my pre-occupation, 
even when you were here—my bias, 
really. Except that I never dreamed 
such matters in war terms. I saw all 
this collective power in terms of peace, 
or more particularly, in terms of, say, 
Robert Moses' re-ordering of the civic 
landscape hereabouts. Now and then, 

I did let these figures of fancy take 
their course in class, but they seemed 
too fantastic then for such indulgence. 

I tried to spare you men what seemed 
to me then such remoteness. When 
war broke, matters were foreshortened 
with me. The rapid pace of our collec¬ 
tive preparations for eventualities; the 
rapid withdrawal of men from my 
classes to go into training; the return of 
these men in every variety of uniform; 
so many like you making unheard of 
progress in so short a time; started me 
along the constructive phases of what 
is termed my courses, so much earlier 
than I had ever believed I should have 
found wise or possible. 

Just as Churchill, in a flash, saw the 
vital distinction between what was 
and what was to be when he made 
that irrevocable observation about 
how so many in this world owed so 
much to so few, so did I, in infinitely 
less capacity and corresponding lack 


of vantage point, perceive that I too, 
had been right all along, though it took 
a second war to bring my thinking to 
focus. In a far different sense than that 
indulged in by Baccalaureate and 
Commencement speakers, I saw men 
in their twenties in their proper place. 
A Commonwealth that had for years 
consigned them to soda fountain dis¬ 
pensers, bank clerks, bond salesmen, 
underpaid and overworked mechan¬ 
ics, and more particularly and general¬ 
ly to the role of defenseless white 
collar workers, suddenly came to its 
senses when the whole structure was 
in danger. It realized what it had 
missed altogether in the general indus¬ 
trial and banking scheme where old 



men reign and rule supreme. It real¬ 
ized that old men are unfit for saving a 
Commonwealth. That old men are fit, 
unfortunately, for exploiting it and 
depressing it, for the most part when 
danger of the sort we have experi¬ 
enced these last four years is remote. 

In the first years of our extremity, 
everybody turned to men of your age 
and promise. We trusted you sudden¬ 
ly with the whole of our resources. 

One of your colleagues, for example, 
who in college had actually missed his 
lunches (as I later to my regret and 
shame learned) because he hadn't the 
money to pay for them, was suddenly 
invested with half a billion dollars 
worth of tanks. Now he is handsomely 
clothed, adequately fed, miraculously 
transported to all parts of the globe, 
given superior medical attention, rest 
periods in luxurious hotels, together 
with substantial base pay and ade¬ 
quate insurance at minimum cost, for 
the simple reason that a Common¬ 


wealth had finally awakened to his 
indispensability. By his type, the 
Alaskan road got built in a jiffy; air¬ 
fields spread in jungles; ships safely 
guided all over the world; enemy 
installations reduced to rubble in a 
twinkling; the wounded and maimed 
restored in better proportion than ever 
before achieved by the medical profes¬ 
sion on so universal and global a scale; 
Rome taken; Cherbourg taken; with 
fair prospects that nothing remains 
invulnerable to him and to you. 

All this is Sociology in the grand 
manner, God bless you all. The pity is 
that it has been demonstrated under 
the exigencies of a cruel war. 

I do not wonder that you are bewil¬ 
dered as you say. Bewilderment, 
thank God, is the beginning of true 
knowledge, and I hope with all my 
heart that this bewilderment of yours 
will take root. I, too, am bewildered, 
but perhaps about something else not 
quite so close to my situation as in 
your case. Here, I am cloistered in an 
office, writing to you from a cushioned 
chair, very remote from the actualities 
that you experience on every turn. If I 
am not careful I will be ridiculous; you 
cannot be so there. I may be ridiculous 
because I may be overzealous in see¬ 
ing the might you represent carried 
over into the peace that is so shortly to 
follow. I may expect too much, as, 
indeed, we were taught as high school 
boys in the first war to expect too 
much from that experience. 

Unmistakable signs are here that the 
same old generation of wreckers, mid¬ 
dle-aged and elderly, untouched by 
this war, except that it has made them 
unprecedentedly rich and arrogant 
again, are reaching but again for the 
controls, thoroughly unregenerated by 
what has and is now taking place. Such 
men are for the most part Roosevelt- 
haters. That is, they hate the instru¬ 
ments of government that have 
subordinated their private greed to the 
great common effort that is winning 
this war. They look forward to a return 
to the good old days when, with 
abounding unemployment, they imag¬ 
ine they can break trade unions, reduce 
wages, lengthen working hours, and 
put what they regard as the "lower 
classes" in their proper places again. 
Thus, we have Herbert Hoover pulling 
wires to control the decision of the 


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Obituaries 


1913 

Alexander Weinstein, retired 
biologist, Cambridge, Mass., on 
March 1,1990. Dr. Weinstein 
received his Ph.D. from Columbia 
in 1917 and, over the course of a 
long career, taught and conducted 
research in genetics and zoology 
at Johns Hopkins, Cambridge, the 
University of Minnesota, CCNY, 
and Harvard. 


1916 

Harold Stephens Hutton, retired 
engineer, Montclair, N.J., on 
March 1,1994. A veteran of 
World War I and the Army 
Corps of Engineers, Mr. Hutton 
was a civil engineer at Wallace 
and Tiernan Inc. of Belleville, 

N.J. for many years, rising to 
national sales manager and a 
director of the company before 
retiring in the 1950's. He was 
treasurer of the Montclair Golf 
Club and was active in local 
social and civic circles. 


1920 

J. Edgar Loehr, retired engineer. 
New York, N.Y., on December 25, 

1993. Mr. Loehr, who received an 
E.E. degree from the Engineering 
School, was an executive with 
Consolidated Edison and a real 
estate developer. He was a Navy 
veteran of World War I. 

H. Norman Sibley, retired clergy¬ 
man, Etna, N.H., on January 25, 

1994. Bom in China of missionary 
parents. Rev. Sibley was a Presby¬ 
terian minister and a graduate of 
Union Theological Seminary. He 
held pastorates in Millbum, N.J., 
Coming, N.Y., and the Bronx. 


1921 

Jacob K. Colman, attorney. New 
York, N.Y., on April 14,1994. 

Mr. Colman, a graduate of the 
Law School, published numer¬ 
ous articles in the New York Law 
Journal and other professional 
publications on topics ranging 
from riparian rights to probate 
law. 


1922 

Edward Goodell, retired lawyer 
and jurist. New York, N.Y., on 
March 6,1994. A 1925 graduate of 
the Law School, Mr. Goodell was 
in private practice from 1926 to 
1968. In 1958, he was the Liberal 
Party candidate for New York 
State Attorney General and drew 


more than a quarter of a million 
votes with his reform-minded 
campaign. Ten years later he was 
elected to the Civil Court of New 
York City and served as an acting 
Supreme Court justice in 1971. He 
left the bench in 1973 and for the 
next seven years was executive 
director of the Hunter College 
Institute for Trial Judges, a forum 
for the discussion of the court 
system and social change. 

Victor M. Onorato, Plantation, 
Fla., on January 7,1991. 


1923 

H. Huber Boscowitz, retired 
sales executive. New York, N.Y., 
on June 21,1993. Mr. Boscowitz 
spent his business career with 
F.N. Burt Co., a Buffalo-based 
maker of folding cartons, boxes, 
and other paper products. He 
was also a champion bridge 
player, winning many national 
tournaments in the 1920's and 
early 30's. In recent years, he 
and his wife were active in 
charitable causes. 

James M. Grossman, retired 
lawyer and writer. New York, 
N.Y., on May 5,1994. Mr. 
Grossman was a retired partner 
of Botein, Hays & Sklar and its 
predecessor firms from 1929 to 
1980; he had graduated in 1929 
from Columbia Law School, 
where he was editor of the Law 
Review. He wrote articles for 
Commentary, the Nation, and 
Partisan Review and other maga¬ 
zines, and published the biogra¬ 
phy James Fenimore Cooper in 1949. 
Mr. Grossman was an Army 
veteran of World War II. 


1924 

Milton A. Lasdon, retired 
banker, New York, N.Y., on April 
10,1992. Among Mr. Lasdon's 
positions during his long career 
were partner in the firm of 
Gutenstein & Lasdon, merchan¬ 
dise manager for Abramson's of 
Flushing, N.Y., and president of 
State Trading Corp. 

C. Richard Parsons, retired 
insurance company executive, 
Asheville, N.C., on March 15, 
1994. Mr. Parsons was vice 
president of American Mutual 
Liability Insurance Co. before 
retiring in 1967. 

Samuel I. Poskanzer, retired 
lawyer, Oakland, Calif., on 
February 27,1994. Mr. Poskanzer 
was a 1926 graduate of the Law 
School who practiced in New 
York for many years. He was also 
a poet and a painter. 


Joseph W. Spiselman, retired 
chemical engineer, inventor, and 
alumni leader. New Orleans, La., 
on March 6,1994. A 1926 gradu¬ 
ate of the Engineering School, Mr. 
Spiselman was a partner in Air 
Research Associates and a pio¬ 
neer in the field of commercial air 
conditioning. Having discovered 
that triethylene glycol could 
prevent the spread of airborne 
germs, he designed air condition¬ 
ing units to prevent airborne dis¬ 
eases in barracks and troop ships 
during World War II, as well as in 
incubator wards, hospitals, and 
other civilian outlets. Other 
inventions were the Floating 
Floor, used in large computer 
installations, and the Hydrant 
Harness, which prevents excess 
loss of water from illegally 
opened hydrants. Mr. Spiselman's 
devotion to the College and the 
Class of '24 was renowned; he 
was secretary of his class and its 
tireless chronicler for Columbia 
College Today for many years. 


1925 

Harold M. Brown, attorney, 
Riverdale, N.Y., on January 3, 
1994. Mr. Brown received his 
LL.B. from the Law School in 
1927 and had a private New York 
practice. For several years he was 
in the public realm, first at the 
New York City corporate coun¬ 
sel's office during the war, and 
then as an assistant district attor¬ 
ney for Kings County in the 
1960's. He was also deputy direc¬ 
tor of the NYC Parking Violations 
Bureau in 1974. Mr. Brown was 
an active member of the College 
Alumni Association, chairing its 
undergraduate affairs committee 
and serving on the board of direc¬ 
tors. 

Herbert Stem, retired lawyer. 
North Miami Beach, Ha., on 
January 11,1994. After graduat¬ 
ing from the Law School in 1927, 
Mr. Stem was a partner in several 
prestigious New York City firms, 
retiring in 1969. In the early 
1940's he served for several years 
as New York State deputy attor¬ 
ney general under Governor 
Thomas E. Dewey. 


1926 

Adolph Rostenberg, retired 
dermatologist, Wilmette, Ill., on 
November 3,1988. An expert on 
poison ivy and eczema. Dr. 
Rostenberg researched the effects 
of cosmetics on skin for the U.S. 
Food and Drug Administration 
for six years before joining the 
University of Illinois Medical 
School facuty in 1945. He chaired 
the dermatology department for 
15 years before retiring in 1974. 
He was a past president of the 
Association of Professors of 


Dermatology and the Chicago 
Dermatology Society. 


1927 

Thomas Staib Clark, retired 
businessman, Bethesda, Md., on 
January 7,1994. Mr. Clark retired 
in 1966 as district manager and 
government director for Hintkote 
Co., a building materials manu¬ 
facturer, after 45 years with the 
company. 

Alfred S. Peavy, retired sales¬ 
man, Palm Harbor, Ha., on April 
10,1991. Mr. Peavy was with the 
Superior Soap Corp. and Brilco 
Labs of Brooklyn, serving as 
manager of industrial sales for 
the latter. 


1928 

Jerome Kidder, retired attorney 
and judge, Scarsdale, N.Y., in 
August, 1988. After working for 
several New York law firms, Mr. 
Kidder was later an assistant 
district attorney and judge for 
New York City. 

James W. Loughlin, retired attor¬ 
ney and alumni leader. South- 
hold, N.Y., on September 3,1993. 
After working for various finan¬ 
cial institutions, Mr. Loughlin 
was an examiner for the N.Y.C. 
Bureau of the Budget from 1942 
to 1948. He then joined the City 
Housing Authority, serving as 
project manager and chief man¬ 
ager until 1961. Past President of 
the Class of 1928, Mr. Loughlin 
also held leadership positions 
with his class reunion and fund 
committees. 

George Morlan, retired educator, 
Tamarac, Ha., on October 13, 

1993. Mr. Morlan taught psychol¬ 
ogy at several institutions after 
receiving his doctorate from 
Teachers College in 1936, among 
them Danbury State College, the 
University of Kansas City, and 
Springfield College. From 1950 to 
1965 he was on the staff of 
Lederle Labs of Pearl River, N.J. 
He wrote several books, includ¬ 
ing How To Influence Yourself 
(1944) and Guide For Young Lovers 
(1969). 

Maurice Mound, retired lawyer, 
New York, N.Y., on February 12, 

1994. A 1930 graduate of Colum¬ 
bia Law, Mr. Mound joined the 
law firm of Rein & Cotton in 1942 
and retired in 1985 from what is 
now Mound, Cotton & Wollan. 
He specialized in insurance regu¬ 
lation, commodities law, securi¬ 
ties law, trusts and estates and 
corporate law. Mr. Mound also 
served as outside counsel to the 
New York Cotton Exchange 

and the New York Mercantile 
Exchange. 















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1929 

Nils W. Bolduan, pediatrician, 
Santa Barbara, Calif., on October 

10.1993. Dr. Bolduan received his 
M.D. from Cornell in 1933 and 
trained at NYU Medical School 
and Bellevue. He moved to Santa 
Barbara in 1946 and, over the 
course of a long career, practiced 
at the city's Children's Medical 
Clinic and taught at the Univer¬ 
sity of California. Elected presi¬ 
dent of the Santa Barbara Medical 
Society in 1965, Dr. Bolduan was 
associated with the Regional 
Medical Program for the Tri- 
Counties and the Institute of 
Environmental Stress. During 
World War II, he served in the 
Army in Central America, New 
Guinea, and the Philippines. 

John F. Lambias, retired financial 
analyst, Hackettstown, N.J., on 
April 30,1992. Mr. Lambias was 
a cost and investment analyst for 
Consolidated Edison and other 
power companies from 1928 
until his retirement. He was in 
the Army Signal Corps during 
the war. 

William E. Neff, retired physi¬ 
cian, Cheshire, Conn., on April 

24.1994. Dr. Neff graduated from 
Columbia P&S in 1933 and was a 
general practitioner in Cheshire 
for more than 25 years. He was a 
naval field surgeon during World 
War II with the rank of comman¬ 
der, serving with the 1st Marine 
Division and participating in the 
battles for Guadalcanal and the 
Solomon Islands. Dr. Neff was a 
member of the Radio Relay 
League and a participant in 
numerous rifle and gun clubs. 

Sidney C. Werner, retired physi¬ 
cian, Tucson, Ariz., on April 21, 
1994. An endocrinologist. Dr. 
Werner advanced modem under¬ 
standing of Graves' disease, 
which is characterized by the 
production of excess thyroid 


hormone: he demonstrated that 
the disorder is marked by a 
change of the body's immune 
system. He also established 
classifications of eye changes 
used to diagnose the condition 
and devised diagnostic tools for 
its detection. A professor of 
clinical medicine at Columbia 
P&S, Dr. Wemer received his 
M.D. from the school in 1932 and 
his D.M.S. in 1937. He was chief 
of the Combined Endocrine 
Clinic at Presbyterian Hospital 
from 1947 to 1974 and headed the 
Thyroid Clinic from 1962 to 1977. 

George A. Wilkens, retired 
chemical engineer, Newark, Del., 
on October 19,1991. Dr. Wilkens 
received four degrees from 
Columbia, including his Ph.D. in 
1933, the year he began a 41-year 
association with Du Pont. He was 
active in the Newark Symphony 
Society and the local chapter of 
the American Institute of Chemi¬ 
cal Engineers. 


1930 

Charles Ballon, lawyer. New 
York, N.Y., on March 1,1994. Mr. 
Ballon, a 1932 graduate of the 
Law School, was a partner in the 
New York law firm of Phillips, 
Nizer, Benjamin, Krim & Ballon 
from 1946 until 1989. Among the 
interests he represented were 
manufacturers' groups connected 
with the garment industry, and 
the Patrolmen's Benevolent 
Association in its attempt to 
curtail the powers of a civilian 
review board in the 1960's. He 
was also general counsel of the 
Radio and Television Directors 
Guild during contract negotia¬ 
tions in the 1950's. A former 
trustee of Yeshiva University and 
chairman of the board of direc¬ 
tors of the Cardozo School of 
Law, Mr. Ballon was active in 
philanthropies. He was on the 
board of the Karen Homey Clinic 
and effected the 1986 merger of 
the United Jewish Appeal and the 
Federation of Jewish Philan¬ 
thropies, both of which he served. 

Niels H. Sonne, retired librarian, 
Rossmoor, N.J., on April 29,1994. 
Dr. Sonne was librarian of the 
General Theological Seminary in 
Manhattan for 26 years. He 
earned degrees from the School 
of Library Service and Union 
Theological Seminary and his 
Ph.D. in 1939 from the Graduate 
Faculties. Dr. Sonne was a spe¬ 
cialist on the Gutenberg Bible and 
wrote a book on the subject in 
1953. 

John A. Thomas, retired advertis¬ 
ing executive, San Jose, Calif., on 
November 23,1993. Mr. Thomas 
spent 30 years on Madison Ave¬ 


nue with Batten, Barton, Durstine 
& Osborne, then Benton & Bowles, 
and finally with Ogilvy, Benson 
& Mather. 


1931 

George Gregory, Jr., civic leader. 
New York, N.Y., on May 11,1994. 
As captain and star center of the 
Columbia basketball team, Mr. 
Gregory led Columbia to its first 
Eastern Intercollegiate League 
championship in 1931. Selected as 
the nation's first black All- 
America basketball player, he 
played semiprofessionally while 
earning a night law degree from 
St. John's University. For more 
than 20 years, he directed settle¬ 
ment houses and youth clubs in 
Harlem and elsewhere in New 
York; he was a champion of urban 
redevelopment, job opportunities 
for blacks, and local cultural 
events. From 1950 to 1965, he was 
chairman of Community Planning 
Board 10. Mr. Gregory finished 
his career as an administrator in 
what became the Department of 
Environmental Protection. A 
founding member of the New 
York City Youth Board in 1947, he 
was also a commissioner on the 
Municipal Civil Service 
Commission from 1954 to 1968. 

Adolf Pollitz, secretary and musi¬ 
cian, New York, N.Y., on January 
9,1990. Mr. Pollitz, an accom¬ 
plished singer, pianist, and violin¬ 
ist, was a secretary for Ben Cutler 
Orchestras of Tuckahoe, N.Y., for 
many years. 

Allyn P. Robinson, Jr., clergyman 
and college president, Raleigh, 
N.C., on March 22,1994. From 
1969 to 1977 Dr. Robinson was the 
first president of Dowling College 
in Oakdale, N.Y., which he had 
previously served as dean when it 
was Adelphi Suffolk College. His 
tenure came after a long career in 
the church and civil rights. A 1933 
graduate of Union Theological 
Seminary, he served from 1938 to 
1946 as minister of the United 
Church of Raleigh, where he 
quietly supported a then-radical 
policy of bringing blacks and 
whites together for worship, years 
before the civil rights revolution 
of the 60's. During that time he 
founded the Institute of Religion, 
which for many years brought 
such liberal public figures as 
Eleanor Roosevelt, Hubert 
Humphrey, and Martin Luther 
King, Jr., to speak locally. Dr. 
Robinson's other efforts included 
the South's first interracial and 
intercultural workshop, at the 
University of North Carolina at 
Chapel Hill, and 17 years of ser¬ 
vice with the National Confer¬ 
ence of Christians and Jews in 
Charlotte and New York. 



George Gregory '31 


Howard S. Roe, retired executive, 
Southbury, Conn., on December 
21,1993. Mr. Roe was vice presi¬ 
dent of sales for Cooper Labora¬ 
tories in New York. 


1933 

Alexander J. Torelli, retired 
accountant and teacher, Manlius, 
N.Y., on April 22,1994. Mr. 
Torelli served in the Army as a 
sergeant during World War II. 

Fred W. Wilson, investment 
banker. New York, N.Y., on June 

15,1994. At first a financial ana¬ 
lyst with the General American 
Investment Co., Mr. Wilson 
joined Lazard Freres & Co. in 
1945, becoming a general partner 
in 1961 and a limited partner in 
1971. He was also a serious 
painter. 


1934 

Arthur J. Beyer, retired engineer, 
Sun City, Ariz., on February 12, 
1994. Mr. Beyer, a mining and 
metallurgical consultant, received 
degrees from the Engineering 
School and the Carnegie Tech 
School of Metallurgy. He was a 
lieutenant commander in the 
Navy and served with the Bureau 
of Ordnance in Washington. 

William W. Golub, lawyer and 
alumni leader. New York, N.Y., 
on March 28,1994. A 1937 gradu¬ 
ate of the Law School, Mr. Golub 
joined the New York firm of 
Rosenman & Colin in 1969, 
specializing in securities and 
corporate mergers, refinancing 













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and reorganizations. Previously, 
he had distinguished himself as 
an authority on regulatory and 
legislative issues, especially those 
relating to public transportation. 

A major force in the reorganiza¬ 
tion of the Long Island Rail Road 
and the Hudson & Manhattan 
Railroad, he advised the 
Rockefeller administration on rail 
and bus commuter matters. Mr. 
Golub was also a special consul¬ 
tant to the Moreland Act 
Commission to draft sweeping 
changes in New York State's 
liquor laws, and in 1968 President 
Johnson named him to the 
Administrative Conference of the 
United States, charged with 
streamlining government agencies 
and procedures. A past president 
of both the College and Law 
School Alumni Associations, Mr. 
Golub was a Trustee in 1981-82 
and, in 1988, received the John Jay 
Award for Distinguished 
Professional Achievement. 

Howard D. Pack, retired attorney. 
Rye, N.Y., on April 1,1994. Mr. 
Pack graduated in 1937 from the 
Law School, where he was editor- 


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William W. Golub '34 


in-chief of the Law Review. After 
stints with the Internal Revenue 
Service, the Treasury 
Department, and the Justice 
Department, he practiced law in 
New York City from 1945 
onward. He was a lieutenant 
commander in the Coast Guard 
during World War II. 

Robert B. Pitkin, retired editor, 
Ozona, Ha., on April 12,1994. 

Mr. Pitkin was a track coach at 
Columbia from 1934 to 1941, then 
embarked on a 30-year editorial 
career at the American Legion 
magazine, retiring as editor in 
1976. He was a Navy veteran of 
World War II, serving in New 
Guinea and the Philippines and 
organizing the Navy's Pre-Hight 
School at Chapel Hill, N.C. 


1935 

Joseph J. Amster, retired ortho¬ 
pedic surgeon and military offi¬ 
cer, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on 
April 27,1994. After graduating 
from NYU medical school. Dr. 
Amster joined the Army Medical 
Corps and served in Europe 
during World War II. He retired 
from the Army Reserve as a 
colonel in 1975. From 1952 to 
1972, Dr. Amster was chief of 
orthopedic surgery at the V.A. 
Hospital in East Orange, N.J.; he 
also taught at the New Jersey 
College of Medicine and 
Dentistry. 

Sydney J. Barnes, sales represen¬ 
tative, Kissimmee, Ha., on April 

14.1994. Owner and manager of 
the Barnes Novelty Co. from 1945 
to 1958, Mr. Barnes was later a 
divisional sales manager with 
Dan Brechner & Co. of New York 
City. 

William Walter Moore, econo¬ 
mist, Greensboro, N.C., on April 

11.1994. A 1948 graduate of the 
School of International Affairs, 
Mr. Moore taught economics at 
Adelphi College in Garden City, 
N.Y., and then at the U.S. 
Merchant Marine Academy at 
Kings Point, N.Y., for more than 
25 years. 

George T. O'Reilly, retired hos¬ 
pital administrator and military 
officer. Palmer, Ark., on 
December 1,1990. Col. O'Reilly 
was a career army officer who, 
after his retirement in 1964, 
became administrator of the 
Mackinac Straits Hospital and 
Health Center of St. Ignace, Mich. 


1936 

Andrew Checkovich, retired 
engineer. South Norwalk, Conn., 
on February 9,1994. Mr. Checko¬ 
vich, who earned two degrees 
from the Engineering School, was 


a chemical engineer for Burns & 
Roe, and held several patents in 
the field of water treatment; he 
helped build the sea water con¬ 
version plant at Guantanamo Bay, 
Cuba, during the Cuban missile 
crisis. A veteran of the 1934 Rose 
Bowl team, Mr. Checkovich also 
served as permanent vice presi¬ 
dent of the Engineering Class of 
1938. 


1937 

Fordyce A. Edwards, retired 
mechanical engineer, Alexandria, 
Va., on July 30,1993. Mr. Edwards 
was a supervisory general engi¬ 
neer for the U.S. Army Materiel 
Development and Readiness 
Command from 1941 to 1984, 
serving as chief of the Combat 
and Tactical Vehicles Branch. A 
mechanically minded hobbyist, 
Mr. Edwards was a member of 
the American Radio Relay League 
and the Pentagon American 
Radio Club and a lifetime mem¬ 
ber of the American Society of 
Mechanical Engineers. 


1938 

George S. Freimarck, retired 
diplomat and educator, Marble¬ 
head, Mass., on January 5,1994. 
Mr. Freimarck was a Foreign 
Service officer for many years in 
Washington, D.C., Switzerland, 
Germany, and Canada. He then 
began a teaching career in social 
science at Boston's Wentworth 
Institute of Technology, where he 
became department head and 
dean and from which he retired 
as professor emeritus. He lent his 
time and leadership to the Friends 
of Switzerland Inc., the Massa¬ 
chusetts Federation of Teachers, 
the National Endowment for the 
Humanities, and the Columbia 
Club of New England, among 
other organizations. During 
World War II, he was with 7th 
Army Intelligence in Europe. 

John J. O'Brien, businessman, 
athlete, and sports official, Wind¬ 
sor, Conn., on June 18,1994. Mr. 
O'Brien, a former personnel direc¬ 
tor for Silex Corp., retired as plant 
manager of Argo Industries of 
Berlin, Conn. Known as "Columbia 
Jack," he was twice on the All- 
America basketball team and was 
Eastern League scoring champion 
in 1937. A professional basketball 
player for several years, he later 
joined the NBA as a referee. Mr. 
O'Brien also officiated football for 
40 years and was honored by the 
National Football Foundation and 
Hall of Fame in 1991. 

Carlyle Shreeve Smith, archaeol¬ 
ogist, Lawrence, Kans., on De¬ 
cember 13,1993. From 1947 to 
1980, Dr. Smith was an archaeolo¬ 
gist and curator at the University 


of Kansas. Though his on-site 
research was primarily devoted 
to the prehistory and history of 
the Central and Northern Plains, 
he also conducted excavations in 
the Eastern Pacific basin, notably 
at Easter Island and the 
Marquesas. Dr. Smith also inves¬ 
tigated the manufacture of gun- 
flints in France and Italy; he 
considered this work to be his 
major contribution to historical 
archaeology. During the war, he 
worked as an aircraft engine 
parts inspector and taught map 
reading and aerial photography 
interpretation. Dr. Smith was a 
co-recipient of the 1989 John P. 
Harrington Medal from the 
Society of Historical Archaeology. 


1939 

Lynn L. Fulkerson, Jr., retired 
physician, Levittown, N.Y., on 
November 24,1992. For half a 
century Dr. Fulkerson, a 1943 
graduate of Columbia P&S, cared 
primarily for merchant seamen at 
the U.S. Public Health Service 
Hospital on Staten Island, and for 
adult cerebral palsy patients at 
UCP of Greater Suffolk. Joining 
the Public Health Service after 
serving as a captain in the Army 
Medical Corps during World War 
II, he retired in 1981, receiving the 
PHS Commendation Medal. 

Spencer J. McGrady, business¬ 
man, Osage Beach, Mo., on 
March 11,1994. For 34 years, Mr. 
McGrady was district manager of 
the St. Louis office of Chicopee 
Mills, a subsidiary of Johnson & 
Johnson. He served in the Navy 
as a lieutenant during the war. 

Joseph John Montllor, retired 
diplomat, Alexandria, Va., on 
June 24,1993. Mr. Montllor was a 
career Foreign Service officer who 
held assignments in Mexico, 
Canada, Argentina, and Spain. 

Albert T. Sommers, economist, 
Manhasset, N.Y., on February 20, 
1994. Mr. Sommers was a nation¬ 
ally respected economic analyst 
and an authority on business who 
taught at Columbia, published 
numerous studies, and advised 
hundreds of institutions and 
companies. A World War II 
Army veteran, he was associated 
for many years with the Confer¬ 
ence Board, a nonprofit business 
research organization. At the time 
of his death, he was president of 
the consulting firm he had started 
in 1980. Mr. Sommers served on 
numerous panels and advisory 
boards and was a director of 
several industrial and financial 
institutions; in 1979 and 1980 he 
chaired the price advisory com¬ 
mittee to the Carter administra¬ 
tion's Council on Wage and Price 















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Stability. He was a leader in Class 
of 1939 efforts for the College. 


1940 

James H. Brown, retired busi¬ 
nessman and teacher, Montclair, 
N.J., on August 10,1992. After 
working with A&P, Minsky's 
Adams Theatre, and L. 

Bamberger & Co., Mr. Brown was 
a substitute English teacher in the 
Newark public school system. He 
earned a master's degree from 
Teachers College in 1960. 



Albert T. Sommers '39 


Horace A. Fay, retired business¬ 
man, Bowdoinham, Me., on May 
19,1993. Mr. Fay, a 1950 graduate 
of the Business School, was man¬ 
ager of management information 
at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber 
Co. in Akron. During World War 
II he was a B-24 pilot in the Air 
Force, from which he retired as a 
lieutenant colonel. 

Kenneth D. Reilly, Gamer, N.C., 
on December 19,1992. 


Howard N. West, retired depart¬ 
ment store executive, Santa 
Monica, Calif., on June 30,1993. 
After several years as an accoun¬ 
tant with Price Waterhouse, Mr. 
West joined Carter Hawley Hale 
Stores of Los Angeles, ultimately 
serving as executive vice presi¬ 
dent and also as president of the 
Carter Hawley Hale Credit Corp. 


1941 

John L. Gifford, retired trade 
consultant. Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., 
on May 14,1994. After a career 
with the Port Authority of New 
York and New Jersey, Mr. Gifford 
worked as a trade and tourism 
representative for the U.S. Virgin 
Islands, based in Miami. He was 
a Marine during World War II 
and served on Guadalcanal. 

A. E. Gordon, retired engineer, 
Easton, Pa., on January 5,1994. 
Mr. Gordon was chief engineer 
for ITT in Palmer Township, Pa., 
from 1964 to 1983. 

Walter J. Manning, retired mar¬ 
keting executive, St. Petersburg, 
Fla., on August 10,1993. Vice 
president of Rudd Milikian Inc. of 
Hatboro, Pa. from 1949 to 1964, 
Mr. Manning was subsequently 
vice president of the Universal 
Match Corp. in St. Louis for 15 
years. 

Willet R. Skillman, retired 
industrial engineer. North Palm 
Beach, Fla., on January 14,1990. 
Mr. Skillman was with the Pratt 
& Whitney Aircraft division of 
United Aircraft, and was for 
many years chief of quality 
review at the Florida Research & 
Development Center. 

Harold C. Whittemore, retired 
executive, Canby, Ore., on April 
11,1994. Mr. Whittemore had a 
38-year career at Sun Chemical 
Corp., starting as a chemist and 
retiring as executive vice presi¬ 
dent for operations. A former 
president of the Synthetic 
Organic Chemical Manufacturers 
Association, he served as a 
captain in the Marine Corps in 
World War II. 


1942 

Eugene R. Hagemeyer, retired 
accountant, Wayne, N.J., on De¬ 
cember 5,1992. Mr. Hagemeyer 
retired in 1987 after a career as a 
self-employed accountant. He 
was a corporal in the Army dur¬ 
ing World War II. 

William A. Levinson, writer and 
editor, Carlsbad, Calif., on Febru¬ 
ary 28,1993. Starting as a copy 
boy at the New York Daily News, 
Mr. Levinson went on to a career 
in journalism, serving as copy 


chief, travel editor, and sports 
editor of American Weekly maga¬ 
zine, later assuming similar 
responsibilities at This Week mag¬ 
azine. He also edited the "Pic¬ 
torial Living" supplement of the 
New York Journal-American and 
spent two years as editor-in-chief 
of Physician's World magazine. 

Mr. Levinson was the author of 
hundreds of comic books, seven 
books, and the syndicated car¬ 
toon "Ching Chow." During 
World War II he was an Air 
Force navigator, serving on 57 
combat missions in the Army's 
8th Air Force out of England. 

Lawrence Uttal, music executive. 
New York, N.Y., on November 
25,1993. Mr. Uttal was a pop 
music industry executive for 
more than 25 years; he owned 
and operated several record 
labels, including Madison, Bell, 
and Private Stock. Among the 
artists he worked with were Tony 
Orlando and Dawn, Barry 
Manilow, The Fifth Dimension, 
Blondie, and the Box Tops. 


1943 

William C. Eisenhardt, retired 
geologist, Houston, Texas, on 
February 18,1994. Mr. Eisenhardt 
was a topographer with the U.S. 
Geological Survey and then 
joined the Pan Am Petroleum 
Corp. of Tyler, Texas, as a subsur¬ 
face geologist. He finished his 
career at Amoco and as a senior 
geologist at Geomap Co. of 
Houston. 

Walter A. Fairservis, anthropolo¬ 
gist, Sharon, Conn., on July 12, 
1994. Most recently a professor of 
anthropology and director of 
Asian studies at Vassar College, 
Dr. Fairservis became known for 
locating and exploring "lost" 
cities, some known only from leg¬ 
end. In 1949 he led the first 
American archaeological expedi¬ 
tion to Afghanistan and found 
extensive ruins; in 1960 he led a 
team to Pakistan and discovered 
a sprawling ceremonial complex 
that shed new light on the 
region's ancient civilizations. Dr. 
Fairservis, who earned his Ph.D. 
from Harvard, was associated 
with that university's Peabody 
Museum, the University Museum 
at the University of Pennsylvania, 
and the American Museum of 
Natural History, among others. 
He was a prolific writer of schol¬ 
arly books and also of plays, 
some of which were produced by 
the East-West Fusion Theater, 
which was housed at his estate 
in Sharon. 


1944 

Phelan Beale, retired personnel 
executive, Oklahoma City, Okla., 
on June 26,1993. Mr. Beale was 
with the Oklahoma Employment 
Security Commission in Tulsa 
and Oklahoma City for 30 years 
and was a consultant on unem¬ 
ployment compensation law fol¬ 
lowing his retirement. He was a 
licensed dog judge with the 
American Kennel Club, for whom 
he toured the country judging 
obedience trials. An Army veter¬ 
an, Mr. Beale participated in the 
battles for Saipan and Okinawa. 

Donald A. Campbell, retired 
politician, Amsterdam, N.Y., in 
November, 1992. From 1951 to 
1968 Mr. Campbell was a New 
York State assemblyman. Active 
in local politics, he chaired the 
Montgomery County Republican 
Committee for 20 years and the 
4th Judicial District Republican 
Committee for 13 years. He was 
also a leader in numerous charita¬ 
ble organizations and civic 
groups. 

Joseph Maloy, physician, 
Kingsport, Tenn., on April 3, 

1994. For 32 years until 1990, Dr. 
Maloy, a cum laude graduate of 
Harvard Medical School, was an 
orthopedic surgeon in the med¬ 
ical firm of Shobe, Strang & 
Maloy. He was associated with 
many area medical groups and 
hospitals, among them the Hol- 
ston Valley Hospital and Medical 
Center, HCA Indian Path Hospital 
and Medical Center, the Tennes¬ 
see State Crippled Children's 
Service, and the Appalachian 
Regional Healing Arts Associ¬ 
ation. Dr. Maloy was a Navy vet¬ 
eran, serving at the U.S. subma¬ 
rine base in New London, Conn., 
and aboard the U.S.S. Providence, 
a cruiser in the Mediterranean 
Sixth Fleet. 

Thomas E. Quinlan, retired 
lawyer, Stamford, Conn., on 
January 5,1994. A 1948 graduate 
of the Law School, Mr. Quinlan 
was senior vice president and 
general counsel of the Penn 
Mutual Life Insurance Co. 


1948 

Richard J. Ludemann, financial 
analyst. Queens Village, N.Y., on 
October 20,1993. Mr. Ludemann 
received his MBA from New 
York University in 1958 and for 
30 years was a financial analyst 
with American Express. 


















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Sorrell Booke '49 


1949 

Sorrell Booke, actor, Sherman 
Oaks, Calif., on February 11,1994. 
Mr. Booke was best known to the 
public as Boss Hogg, the schem¬ 
ing, bumbling mayor in the 
television series The Dukes of 
Hazzard. He was a veteran televi¬ 
sion character actor with dozens 
of shows to his credit, among 
them Hawaii Five-O, Naked City, 
M*A*S*H*, The Bob Newhart Show, 
All in the Family, Kung-Fu, and 
Gunsmoke. A veteran of the 
Columbia Varsity Show and a 
graduate of the Yale School of 
Drama, he also had a notable 
career on and off Broadway, 
appearing in The White Devil, 
Purlie Victorious, Finian's Rainbow, 
Fiorellol, and Caligula. Mr. Booke's 
movie work included roles in Up 
the Down Staircase and Fail-Safe. 

Albert J. Holland, Jr., lawyer, 
Tappan, N.Y., on August 22, 

1993. A former Tuskegee airman, 
and a 1952 graduate of the Law 
School, Mr. Holland was a mem¬ 
ber of the New York firm of 
Sinclair, Randolph & Holland. He 
was also an assistant public 
defender and was chief counsel 
for Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, 
which elected him Man of the 
Year in 1991. 


1950 

Herbert H. Bockian, psychiatrist, 
Bristol, Tenn., on April 10,1994. 
Dr. Bockian, who earned his M.D. 
from the University of Tennessee 
in 1960, had been clinical director 
of the Bristol Mental Health Cen¬ 
ter. He also had a private practice 
and at the time of his death was a 
consultant to the Southwest Vir¬ 
ginia Mental Health Institute. 

Edward J. Donovan, Jr., publish¬ 
er and public relations agent. 
New York, N.Y., on March 4, 
1994. Formerly in public relations 
with the Sperry & Hutchinson 


Co. of New York, Mr. Donovan 
was editor and publisher of the 
weekly newspaper Manhattan 
East from 1973 to 1981 and was 
assistant director of public 
relations for Metro-North 
Railroad from 1984 to 1992. 


1952 

Walter A. Murray, pediatrician, 
Duluth, Ga., on February 18, 

1993. A 1955 graduate of Cornell 
Medical School, Dr. Murray spe¬ 
cialized in nutrition and preven¬ 
tative health care. After several 
years of research, teaching, and 
practice in Ohio, Dr. Murray 
moved to the Atlanta area, where 
he taught at Emory University 
and directed the Newborn 
Nursery at Grady Memorial 
Hospital. 


1954 

Douglas W. Anderson, lawyer, 
Eastchester, N.Y., on April 8, 

1994. After working for the 
Scarsdale, N.Y. law firm of Neale 
& Wilson, Mr. Anderson had his 
own practice for 15 years. 

Theodore C. Hubbard, retired 
teacher, Hancock, Vt., on January 
23,1994. Mr. Hubbard, who 
received his M.A. and Ed.M. from 
Columbia, taught science and 
mathematics at the Dalton School 
in New York City, the Overlake 
Day School of Burlington, Vt., the 
Hackley School of Tarrytown, 
N.Y., and South Royalton High 
School in Hancock. He was 
active in civic affairs and out¬ 
door sports. 


1956 

Carl C. Schlam, classicist, Colum¬ 
bus, Ohio, on December 25,1993. 
A disciple of Gilbert Highet and 
Moses Hadas, Mr. Schlam earned 
his Ph.D. from Columbia in 1968. 
After teaching Latin at Case Insti¬ 
tute of Technology, Montclair 
Academy, and Rutgers, he joined 
the faculty at Ohio State Universi¬ 
ty, becoming a full professor in 
1986. Professor Schlam was the 
author of Cupid and Psyche: 
Apuleius and the Monuments (1976) 
and The Metamorphoses of Apuleius: 
On Making an Ass of Oneself (1992). 


1957 

David C. Harrop, writer and edi¬ 
tor, Providence, R.I., on October 
25,1993. Mr. Harrop was the 
author of several books, among 
them the novels Present Time and 
Given His Way. 


1959 

Erwin A. Glikes, publisher. New 
York, N.Y., on May 13,1994. Over 
the course of 25 years, Mr. Glikes 
was president and publisher of 
Basic Books, publisher of the 
trade division at Simon & 


1965 

Kenneth Intrater, Forest Hills, 
N.Y., on June 3,1993. 


1968 

Douglas G. Caverly, investment 
manager. New York, N.Y., on 
November 23,1993. Mr. Caverly, 
who earned his Columbia M.Phil. 
in classics and comparative litera¬ 
ture in 1979, was vice president of 
Fiduciary Trust International of 
New York. He was an outstand¬ 
ing racquets player, a collector of 
vintage Jaguars and wooden 
boats, and a translator of medieval 
Latin poetry. 


1969 


Erwin A. Glikes '59 


Schuster, and president and pub¬ 
lisher of The Free Press. He made 
a reputation for publishing best¬ 
selling works of serious intellec¬ 
tual content; among his successes 
were Alan Bloom's The Closing 
of the American Mind, Francis 
Fukuyama's The End of History 
and the Last Man, and Dinesh 
D'Souza's Illiberal Education. A 
Belgian refugee from World War 
II, Mr. Glikes did graduate work 
in Germany and in Columbia's 
Graduate Faculties. In the 1960's 
he taught English and Compara¬ 
tive Literature at Columbia, later 
becoming the College's Assistant 
Director of Admissions and assis¬ 
tant dean but leaving in the wake 
of the '68 uprising. Just before his 
death he had assumed charge of 
True North Publishing, a new 
division of Penguin U.S.A. 

Eric Holtzman, biology professor. 
New York, N.Y., on April 6,1994. 
Dr. Holtzman, an outstanding 
Columbia scientist and teacher, 
was chairman of the University's 
department of biological sciences 
(see eulogy, p. 72). 

Gerald S. Solomon, executive, on 
November 18,1993. Mr. Solomon 
was the owner of Weathermatic 
Products of Boston and sales 
manager of Apex Pools of Fox- 
boro, Mass. 


Christopher M. Cole, antiquarian 
dealer, Pawcatuck, Conn., on 
April 6,1994. After a sojourn in 
Boston as a self-employed career 
counselor, Mr. Cole moved in 
1978 to Pawcatuck, where he 
established Cole Antiques; he also 
exhibited at East Coast antique 
shows. 


1976 

Guido B. C. Anderau, writer and 
editor. New York, N.Y., on 
February 16,1994. Mr. Anderau 
had been a financial editor at ETX 
Corp., special projects editor at 
Fairchild Publications, and an 
associate editor at Meredith Corp. 


1983 

Joseph T. Widowfield, banker. 
New York, N.Y., on September 23, 
1993. Mr. Widowfield was with 
the Bank of New York. 


1988 

Eric V. Smith, student, Vero 
Beach, Fla., on November 15, 
1993. Mr. Smith was in his last 
year at the University of Virginia 
Law School when he died of 
leukemia. At the College, he was 
in Phi Gamma Delta; during his 
junior year he attended Peter- 
house College of Cambridge 
University. 


1961 

David E. Johnston, educational 
administrator, Ridgewood, N.J., 
on December 25,1992. The recipi¬ 
ent of M.A. and M.Ed. degrees 
from Teachers College, Mr. 

Johnston was a guidance coun¬ 
selor at Tenafly (N.J.) High 
School; he received the Dis¬ 
tinguished Teacher Award in 
1991. Previously, he had been 
Associate Director of Admissions 

for the College and Director of —------ 

Admissions and Financial Aid for Obituaries Editor: 
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Class 

Notes 


Columbia College 
I 111— Today 

475 Riverside Drive, 

"| Q Suite 917 

J_ 7 New York, N.Y. 10115 

Andrew J. Hendry, of Stirling, 
Scotland, recently sent along a 
letter written in 1900 to his grand¬ 
father, S. J. Pigott '03E, from 
William Brock Shoemaker '02, 
manager of the Columbia Football 
Association. Having been chosen 
for the football team, Mr. Pigott 
received word of where and when 
to report for pre-season practice 
from Mr. Shoemaker: 

"As you were informed last 
Spring, you are one of those 
selected by Coach [George Foster] 
Sanford to go into Fall quarters, 
and I write you this to remind you 
to be at the Murray Hill Hotel 
withiut (sic) fail on Monday Sept. 
10th, at ten o'clock. You will be 
extected (sic) to bring whatever 
football clothes you may have, in 
order to get started. After that the 
management will provide for you 
as far as possible. The board at 
Branford Point will be arranged 
according to each man's ability, 
the maximum being Five Dollars 
($5.00) per week. 

"If I have not already done so, I 
would like now to impress upon 
you the necessity for every one of 
those selected coming to quarters 
on Sept. 10th. Our schedule this 
year is a very hard one, and to 
carry it our (sic) successfully we 
must have a large squad of reserve 
men besides the regular Varsity 
players. Therefore even if a man 
cannot make the Varsity he can 
yet be of inestimable value to 
Columbia by going in as a substi¬ 
tute and perhaps saving some 
important game. I need only to 
point to last year to prove the 
importance of having men to 
draw upon." 


20 


Leon F. Hoffman 

8100 Connecticut Ave., 
Apt. 516 

Chevy Chase, Md. 20815 


Memories burning, we drift back 
to the days of yore—the unbeliev¬ 
able has happened and I have just 
received a beribboned Medal of 
Honor for my bravery in the 



Armed Forces of my country 
in World War I. That service was 
performed on the campus of 
Columbia University, after enlist¬ 
ing in the Student Army Training 
Corps (SATC)— later renamed by 
us student soldiers "Sit Around 
Till Christmas." 

The medal is inscribed "A 
Grateful Nation Remembers," but 
I remember this: 

1.1 had given up a good-paying 
job (40 cents an hour) as a ship- 
fitter's helper doing my patriotic 
duty helping to build "Victory 
Ships" in the shipyard at Port 
Newark, N.J. 

2.1 took great pride in donning 
the uniform of a soldier in the 
U.S. Army. 

3. Duties—well, less said the 
better. They consisted of march¬ 
ing for hours every day in com¬ 
pany formations on the campus, 
learning to obey an officer's com¬ 
mands: "Forward march, left 
turn, right turn, about face, to the 
rear march, parade rest." No 
weapons of any kind, no fox¬ 
holes, no trenches, no crawling 
along the ground under heavy 
enemy fire, no military tactics, 
only one course in "war issues." 
That's all. 

4. Each evening, marching 
down Amsterdam Avenue in 
company formation singing at the 
top of our lungs: 

"Keep your shades down Mary 
Ann, Keep your shades down 
Mary Ann. Late last night in the 
pale moonlight we saw you, we 
saw you. You were combing your 
golden hair. It was hanging upon 
a chair. If you want to keep your 
secrets from your future man, keep 
your shades down Mary Ann." 

Did all this merit a Medal of 
Honor, 75 years later? 

[If there are other members of the 
SATC who are still up and around, 
please send in your memories of the 
"good old days" — Ed.] 


Michael G. Mulinos 

42 Marian Terrace 
Easton, Md. 21601 
Shep Alexander is still active 
as a broker with Hamerschlag, 
Kempner in New York, and 
would like, as would I, to hear 
from other members of our class. 
He is the Class of '21 whip and 
phone mate to us all. 

Howard Carlson has recently 
moved to 237 Spyglass Dr., 
Eugene, Ore. 97401. He is well 
and frequently comes to New 
York. Lt. Leroy Mayers has 
recently retired to Andrews 
Retirement Community, 185 Old 
Broadway, Hastings-on-Hudson, 
N. Y., 10706. He had been with 
Josephthal for many years. He is 
well, and aims to attend the 1996 
class reunion. 


Columbia College 
Today 

475 Riverside Drive, 
Suite 917 

New York, N.Y. 10115 

Along with his financial contribu¬ 
tion to CCT, William Rice sent 
this poetic one: 

The streets 
On which I strolled 
Leisurely 

And with pleasure 
Are the streets 
On which today 
I walk hastily 
And with fear 


Henry Miller 

1052 N. Jamestown Rd., 
Apt. F 

Decatur, Ga. 30033 
We hear from our classmate 
Charles Garside: "Sorry to have 
missed last year's reunion, but 
spend five months with my son 
in California (January-June) and 
remainder of year with my 
daughter at Heritage Village in 
Southbury, Conn. 


"Health is excellent considering 
age and would enjoy hearing 
from any old buddies from the 
Class of '23. Charles I. Garside, 
934-B Heritage Village, South¬ 
bury, Conn. 06488." 

Good to hear from you, Charles! 


Columbia College 
Today 

475 Riverside Drive, 
Suite 917 

New York, N.Y. 10115 

George Jaffin and Professor 
Milton Handler spearheaded the 
70th Reunion Luncheon, which 
was held at the Harmonie Club in 
New York City on Friday, June 
24. Deans James T. McMenamin 
and Kathryn Yatrakis greeted the 
class and talked about the state of 
the College today. The program 
was then open to anyone who 
wished to speak: Paul Shaw, 
Milton Handler, George Jaffin 
and others talked about their 
activities and their sentiments 
about the College. 

Leon Shiman traveled the far¬ 
thest, from St. Petersburg, Fla., 





















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and brought three family mem¬ 
bers, all of them Columbia gradu¬ 
ates: his son, Leon G. Shiman 
78; his granddaughter, Andrea 
Shiman, Architecture '94; and his 
niece, Ginnie, the daughter of 
Leon's twin brother, Russell, who 
passed away this year. 

This was only the second 70th 
Reunion ever celebrated by a 
College class, and the occasion 
was a great success. We missed 
Ben Edelman, our Class Presi¬ 
dent, who had hoped to attend, 
but since he is now living in the 
Boston area he was unable to be 
with us. There were 26 in atten¬ 
dance including classmates 
Sidney A. Bernstein, Sidney J. 
Bernstein, Bill Dollard, Edward 
Helwig, Joseph Low, Lawrence 
Schwartz, and Victor Whitehom. 


John W. Balet 

122 Loring Ave. 
Pelham, N.Y. 10803 


Robert W. Rowen 

1510 W. Ariana, Box 60 
Lakeland, Fla. 33803 

I phoned classmates from my 
home in Florida (813/ 687-2823), 
and it was great chatting and rec¬ 
ognizing voices after many years. 
There are 91 classmates with 
known addresses who receive 
these class notes. I talked with 
most of the following, or with 
someone who had seen them 
recently. 

Dorothy and Arnold Dumey 
live in Cranbury, N.J., summers, 
and in Santa Monica, Calif., win¬ 
ters. Their daughter, Glenna, is 
doing well. Roberta and Otis 
Rawalt live on 72nd Street in 
New York. Roberta just had her 
second knee replaced. Hugh 
Kelly is still in Stone Ridge, N.Y., 
where he's lived since 1970. He 
has a caretaker and the children 
visit him. Hortense and Calmon 
Ginsberg live on Park Avenue in 
New York. He's still active in the 
steamship business, and sees 
Herb Singer occasionally. 

Roderic Wiley, living in 
Auburn, Ala., where he works 
with Auburn School, reports that 
his eyes are now okay. Nel and 
Herbert Singer live in the 
Hampshire House on Central 
Park South. Their two boys are 
well. Ezra A. Wolff lives in 
Manhasset, Long Island. Dawn 
and Jerome Greene live in the 
Hotel Carlyle in New York. We 
and the Law School are glad to 
know that Jerome is well and 
very active. Dr. John M. Bailey 
is a retired physician living in 
Evanston, Ill. James D. Carton, 
an attorney, lives in Interlaken, 
N.J. Charles Deitsch lives on 
Fifth Avenue in New York. 


Eugene P. Gartner is retired from 
AT&T, living in Sea Girt, N.J. 
Dow W. Perkins, who is interest¬ 
ed in genealogy, lives in Deerfield 
Beach, Fla. Trudy and Robert 
Rowen live in Lakeland, Fla. 
Robert is a trustee of the Hackley 
School in Tarrytown, N.Y. and 
continues as class secretary. He 
studied metallurgy at Columbia. 
Janet and Harry Schaller live in 
Naples, Fla. Harry is chairman of 
Citizens Bank in Storm Lake, Iowa. 

Finally, I am sorry to report 
that Elaine and Alvin Fidanque 
both died recently. 


John G. Peatman 

P. O. Box 666 
Norwalk, Conn. 06852 
We were fortunate to have been 
back from our birthday present of 
trips to London and Berlin in 
time to meet with classmate Joe 
Crown for lunch in New York in 
the middle of May. He had writ¬ 
ten from his home in Cuernavaca 
of his coming, and in the course 
of the celebration of his 87th 
birthday, he turned quite poetic, 
as we see. In the meantime, to 
crown his 86th year, he shot his 
age on the golf course. 

Tio Jo at 87 

Now that I've reached the age of 87 
I don't want no talk of St. Peter's 
celestial heaven 

For I have a deal with Tlaloc, the 
God of Rain, 

That I'm to stick around till 120 — 
without pain — 

And the Deal is as solid as the 
Rock of Gibraltar 
And no one on Earth or Heaven 
can this Deal alter 
And-why-in-God's name — 
would anyone want to alter such 
a fair and reasonable Deal-an' 
Made by a Force who blessed the 
Mayans, Aztecs, Olmecs and 
Teotihuacan 

So let's drink a toast to Tlaloc and 
Crown 

And let's make merry-all over 
the town 

Epilogue 

When I touched 801 penned 
these thoughts 

At forty, I had not lost a single 
illusion 

At fifty, I had not lost a blade 
of hair 

At sixty, my hope—and teeth — 
were shining bright 
And my toes did not need repair 
At eighty, life dared not clip 
my claws 

I'm neither bent nor bowed 
nor cracked 

I wouldn't dream of giving up the 
ghost, because 
My follies are all intact! 


At eighty-seven, I ain't changed a 
bit- so 

So all I'll say is: ditto! 

Shortly before our deadline for 
this issue of CCT we received the 
following communication from 
Joe: 

"I wish to record my deep 
appreciation for the hospitality 
and attention accorded me by 
Patrick Lawlor of the Butler 
Library in securing copies of 
diverse documents anent the 
Lawyers Committee on American 
Policy Towards Vietnam which I 
had donated to the University in 
1982—for use in the preparation 
of a history of the Lawyers 
Committee which I had founded 
in 1965 to promote an end to 
American involvement." 

When Joe and I lunched togeth¬ 
er in mid-May, he read to me the 
poem of the day. I thank you, Joel. 
To John at 90 

Nine decades has John now 
attained 

And nary an extra pound has he 
gained 

As bright and crisp as Melba 
toast 

None surpasses him as elegant 
host 

As correspondent he's sketched our 
profiles 

Always with elegance — whate'er 
our styles 

We all do wish him decades and 
more 

And all full of joy and fun galore! 


Hillery C. Thome Sr. 

98 Montague St., #1032 
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11201 
Maurice Mound, retired attorney 
from the law firm of Mound, 
Colton & Wollan, which now has 
55 lawyers and offices in New 
York City, New Jersey, San Fran¬ 
cisco and London, died February 
12. Mr. Mound specialized in 
insurance regulation, commodities 
law, securities law, trusts and 
estates, and corporate law. He 
served as outside counsel to the 
New York Cotton Exchange, the 
New York Mercantile Exchange 
and the Commodity Clearing 
Corporation. 

Mr. Mound was graduated from 
Columbia Law School in 1930, 
was admitted to the bar the fol¬ 
lowing year, and in 1942 joined 
the firm of Rein and Colton. He 
retired after a stroke in 1985 and 
underwent a lengthy convales¬ 
cence before his death. 

Members of the Class of '28 
mourn the loss of Maurice 
Mound, Esq. and extend their 
sympathy to his widow, 

Hortense, his son Peter, of Santee, 
Calif., and his granddaughter. 


Joseph W. Bums 

127 Oxford Road 
New Rochelle, N.Y. 
10804 

As always, the 1994 commence¬ 
ment exercises began with two 
marshalls in beautiful caps and 
gowns leading the academic pro¬ 
cession from Butler Library to the 
podium on the steps of Low 
Library. As the sole surviving 
officer of our class, Joe Bums 
considered it his duty to partici¬ 
pate, to show everybody that the 
Class of 1929 was celebrating its 
65th anniversary. The May 27 
Columbia University Record fea¬ 
tures Joe's photo with the cap¬ 
tion, "Joseph W. Burns '29 led 
anniversary classes in the com¬ 
mencement procession." To his 
surprise, people applauded, and 
photographers took his photo as 
he passed by. 

In July 1993 when Joan Rose, 
our class representative in the 
alumni office, told Joe Bums and 
Ed Aranow that preparations 
were underway for class reunions 
in 1994, we were surprised; we 
had thought our 60th was our 
last. Since all members of our 
class are octogenarians, we won¬ 
dered whether we were all 
healthy enough to attend a 
reunion. However, 19 classmates 
indicated they hoped to be alive 
and well enough to attend, so we 
went ahead with preparations, 
relying extensively on Joan Rose, 
who reminded us of Rose Brooks, 
who took care of our needs for 
many years until her retirement. 
Joan was invaluable, particularly 
after the loss of Ed Aranow. Ed 
entered the hospital just for a 
check-up for a pain in his back in 
October, and it was a great sur¬ 
prise and shock when he died of 
cancer last November 6. 

At a luncheon in October 
preceding the dedication of the 
Class of 1929 Student Chemistry 
Lounge/Study Hall in Have- 
meyer Hall, a reunion committee 
consisting of Chairman Joe 
Bums, Ira Wallach, Alex Waugh, 
Nathan Ancell and Arthur 
Arsham, with Stan Boriss as 
Chairman of the 65th anniversary 
fund, decided on a one-day 
reunion program to be held on 
campus for the first time. Pre¬ 
vious reunions were held at 
Arden House and several other 
sights, including Skytop, Pa., and 
Briarcliff Lodge. 

Our reunion luncheon was held 
in Ferris Booth Hall on June 4. 

The regulars who rarely miss a 
reunion were there: Marion and 
Reuben Abel, Marion and Joe 
Bums, Dot and LeRoy Griffith, 
Louise and Ken Kimberland, 
and Jean and Alex Waugh. 
Joining them were Arthur Ars- 













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63 


ham, Stanley Boriss, Ruth Fiske 
(widow of Jack), Eloise and Paul 
Schweitzer, Louise and Louis 
Slattery, Robert Speller, Miriam 
and Ira Wallach, and Bill 
Woodworth. 

Dean Steven Marcus '48 had a 
busy schedule, so he spoke to us 
before our lunch, describing 
President Rupp's desire to restore 
the College to a central place in 
the University. He finished by 
awarding Dean's Pins to Joe 
Bums and Stan Boriss for their 
outstanding efforts on behalf of 
our class. We then heard from 
Roger Lehecka '67, Dean of 
Students. Although we didn't 
have as much time as we would 
have liked to greet each other 
before lunch, there was a bar set 
up with well-known labels on the 
liquor bottles, and a bartender, so 
we did have some fun. 

A surprise topped off the lun¬ 
cheon, when waiters brought in a 
beautiful birthday cake and every¬ 
body joined in singing "Happy 
Birthday" to Joe Burns in celebra¬ 
tion of his 86th birthday. 


Harrison H. Johnson 

50 Duke Drive 
Paramus, N.J. 07652 
William Y. Pryor lives in Essex 
Fells, N.J., but often wanders 
afar; he recently visited Zion, 
Bryce Canyon and Grand Canyon 
national parks. Bill has a son and 
a daughter, but what keeps him 
busy are his twin grandchildren. 
Bill tells me he served with the 
Counter Intelligence Corps in 
World War II. Since I had three 
years with the CIC, we enjoyed 
talking about our days in the ser¬ 
vice. 

Leslie R. Hansel writes from 
Plainfield, N.J. that he is in good 
health and travels extensively 
with his wife, Emily. Leslie is still 
doing consulting on heating and 
air conditioning systems, with 
some golf and contract bridge 
thrown in for good measure. 

Thomas P. Tierney is taking life 
easy in Murfreesboro, Tenn. 
Joseph P. Smyth is enjoying good 
health although he had cataracts 
treated some time ago. Can't say 
that his vision is as good as it was 
during his days at Morningside. 
Joe's hobby is working at a model 
railroad club in Long Island. Says 
he saw what he thinks is the 
largest locomotive in captivity. 
Now he plans to ride a train with 
a real smoke-belching locomotive 
from Chicago to Atlanta. He has 
six grandchildren but can't see 
them often. One is in Australia, 
another in London and two in 
Wisconsin. 

I attended Homecoming in the 
fall and Dean's Day in the spring, 
but failed to see any classmates. 



Judd Marmor '30, the noted Los 
Angeles psychiatrist, recently 
received the Alumnus of the Year 
Award of the Columbia Alumni 
Association of Southern California. 
A former president of the American 
Psychiatric Association, Dr. 
Marmor has earned wide recogni¬ 
tion in his field for stressing the 
interplay of biological, sociocultural, 
and intrapsychic factors in deter¬ 
mining human behavior. Now 
adjunct emeritus professor of psy¬ 
chiatry at UCLA, he previously 
taught at USC Medical School and, 
prior to that, was director of the 
Divisions of Psychiatry at the 
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. 
Marmor has published eight books 
and more than 300 scientific papers: 
"In most of my writings," he has 
stated, "there has been a consistent 
concern with [the] betterment of the 
human predicament." 

Dr. Marmor is married to the for¬ 
mer Katherine Stern and has one 
son and two grandchildren. 

He received his award on March 
15 at the Four Seasons Hotel, at a 
reception in honor of President 
George Rupp. Originally scheduled 
for January 29, the presentation was 
postponed by the massive earth¬ 
quake that rocked the Los Angeles 
area less than two weeks before. 


Guess we have become a tribe of 
couch potatoes or worse. 

Don't forget our 65th class 
reunion in May 1995. 


T.J. Reilly 

12 Sussex Court 
Suffem, N.Y. 10901 
Note from John B. Trevor, Jr., 
who has settled in Palm Beach, 
Fla. for some time with Evelyn, 
his wife of 55 years plus. Writes 
occasional books and articles. Has 
three children, long grown up, 
with nine grandchildren, includ¬ 
ing a 16-year-old granddaughter 
who just qualified for a pilot's 


license. Reports brother, Bronson 
Trevor (we have several pairs of 
'31 brothers) doing well, resides 
on Long Island. 

Leo H. Narodny (also '32 B.Sc. 
and '33B) writes from Barbados, 
BWI. Boasts of perfect health and 
slow heart rate at age 84. Expects 
one more healthy decade. Was 
"odd-lot" stock broker until 1939 
when he bought land in Dominica 
at ten shillings an acre, planted 
vanilla as a crop for ten years then 
left to enjoy profits. Spent eight 
years as interpreter of satellite 
photographs in Washington D.C., 
then he left to help his wife with 
her landscape painting exhibi¬ 
tions in Barbados. Being a mining 
engineer, he investigates ore 
deposits in Hudson's Bay and 
Canada. (Leo, did I tell you about 
those "high speed" ions of yours 
that cured my prostate cancer but 
deprived me of some valuable 
functions?) 

Stan Brams finally disposed of 
his typewriter when he discov¬ 
ered a computer which promptly 
corrects mistakes. Finished an 
exciting two-week trip to South 
Africa. Pressure of current events 
prevented Mandela placing him 
on agenda, so Stan traveled the 
lovely south coast and to Sun 
City—an up-to-date version of 
Las Vegas about 100 miles from 
Jo-Burg (Johannesburg to you and 
me). Stan sadly reports passing of 
his wife, Jean, several months 
ago. Expects to spend some time 
this summer at his villa in Spain 
but will definitely make 
Homecoming. 

We missed Dean's Day due to 
other commitments. Prez Joe 
Moukad reports he and Ann, 
along with Fred Farwell and the 
Joe (dancing) Kilgores were pre¬ 
sent. 

George Gregory, Jr., the 
nation's first black All-America 
basketball player, a New York 
City civil service commissioner, 
and a civic leader in Harlem, 
passed away at his Manhattan 
apartment May 11. Was a gradu¬ 
ate of St. John's Law School. He 
had a nice obit in The New York 
Times. I first met George in a high 
school football game in the old 
Polo Grounds. He was quite a 
guy- 

Contributions? Anybody? This 
is hard work for an old man. Time 
clock is running. Nothing interest¬ 
ing about yourself? How about 
grandchildren? My granddaugh¬ 
ter, Heather, graduated from 
Lehigh this year and received the 
President Peter Likins [former 
Columbia Engineering School 
Dean and University Provost] 
award as outstanding member of 
ladies crew team. She will train at 
Philadelphia with team and then 
travel to England and Ireland for 




races including Henley. 

If I can get enough help from 
you, Doris promised me a com¬ 
puter for Christmas! 


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Jules Simmonds 

645 North Broadway, 
#14 

Hastings-on-Hudson, 
N.Y. 10706 


[We are glad to welcome Mr. Jules 
Simmonds as the new Class of '32 
correspondent. — Ed.] 


Alfred A. Beaujean 

40 Claire Avenue 
New Rochelle, N.Y. 
10804 

Not too much to report from class 
members; in fact I received only 
one communication, which I shall 
print below. The letter was from 
Don Kirkham and was received 
last January. Don did his under¬ 
graduate as well as his graduate 
work at Columbia and received 
his doctorate in 1938. His letter 
reads as follows: 

"On December 10,1993, The 
Ohio State University in Colum¬ 
bus, Ohio awarded me an hon¬ 
orary doctor of science degree. 
Part of the citation reads: 'During 
a long and distinguished career 
Don Kirkham has made out¬ 
standing contributions to solving 
the complex problems of soil 
physics and agricultural hydrol¬ 
ogy on an international level. His 
intellectual leadership, integrity 
and devotion to his students are 
legend. His wide breadth of 
knowledge and his thoughtful 
questioning have illuminated 
many of the secrets locked within 
the earth, making ours a more 
hospitable and nurturing planet.'" 

Hope you are all doing well 
and I look forward to hearing 
from you in the near future so I 
can have more to report. I still say 
we were a helluva class. 



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Lawrence W. Golde 

27 Beacon Hill Road 
Port Washington, N.Y. 
11050 


Our 60th Reunion was very suc¬ 
cessful. According to the Reunion 
Committee, about 30 classmates 
attended, including: Marjorie and 
Norman Alexander, Evelyn 
Bickerman, Muriel and Bernard 
Bloom, Fon Boardman, Ellen and 
Robert Breitbart, Winifred and 
Ralph Bugli, Bette and Julian 
Bush, Miriam and Bud Corn, 
Edward Finn, Josephine and Law¬ 
rence Golde, Ruth and Lewis 
Goldenheim, Martha and 
Chandler Grannis, Helen and 
Edward Hawthorne, Violet and 
Richard Heilman, Mildred 
Hughes, Edna and Judson Hyatt, 
















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John J. Keville '33, a retired mar¬ 
keting executive with a variety of 
companies in the plastics industry 
and Plastics Technology maga¬ 
zine, has been elected to the Plastics 
Hall of Fame. There are 95 members, 
living and dead, of the Hall, includ¬ 
ing J.W. Hyatt, who invented the 
first plastic, celluloid, in 1868; L.H. 
Baekeland, inventor in 1911 of 
Bakelite, the first synthetic plastic; 
and W.H. Carothers, the inventor of 
nylon. Mr. Keville's election recog¬ 
nizes his efforts as founding vice- 
president of the National Plastics 
Center and Museum in Leominster, 
Massachusetts. ■ 

Leominster, generally recognized 
as the birthplace of the plastics 
industry, had no separate exhibition 
space for the fast-disappearing relics 
of that industry until Mr. Keville 
and a few others established the 
complex, which formally opened on 
June 13,1992. The museum func¬ 
tions as a showcase for achievements 
in plastics — past, present and 
future. Mr. Keville s own plastics 
career began in the 1920's, when he 
worked during school vacations cut¬ 
ting the teeth in celluloid combs in 
his uncle's Leominster factory. At 
Columbia he was captain of the 
track team and a member of 
Sachems and Phi Kappa Psi. He has 
received meritorious service awards 
from the Eastern Association of 
Intercollegiate Football Officials and 
the Intercollegiate Track Association. 


Fay and Herbert Jacoby, Louisa 
and Winton Johnson (and their 
family: Roland '70, his wife, 
Virginia, and their daughter 
Jennifer '96), Lenore and Howard 
Klein, Belle and Murray Nathan, 
Adelaide and Frank O'Connell, 
Fay and Alexander Papas, 
Marilyn Hughes Patrik, Eleanor 
and Harry Richards, Florence 
and Philip Roen, Mr. and Mrs. 
Samuel Rothfeld, Mr. and Mrs. 
Michael Rothfeld '69, Lois Schine, 
Ralph Sheffer, Mr. and Mrs. 


Helmut Schulz, Florence and 
Daniel Sherber, Rita and Edwin 
Singer, and Ida and Raymond 
Suskind. 

The weather was beautiful and 
most of our classmates seemed 
reasonably fit. Dean Steven 
Marcus '48 gave a brief talk at the 
class luncheon. The following 
officers were elected for the next 
five years: President, Fon 
Boardman; Vice-President, Larry 
Golde; and Treasurer, Norm 
Alexander. Phil Roen and Herb 
Jacoby will manage the Class 
Fund. After ten years as Class 
Correspondent I suggested that 
someone else be chosen. 

However, I was once again per¬ 
suaded to continue. So let's hear 
from you out there. 

Too late for the last issue, I 
received a letter from Ralph 
Bugli, reading in part as follows: 
"A recent mini-reunion of three 
Class of '34 couples brought 
together Helen and Ed 
Hawthorne, Adelaide and Frank 
O'Connell, and Winifred and 
myself. What gives the incident 
some minor distinction is that Ed, 
Frank and I met by chance on 
the steps of Low Library on that 
sunny September day of Indoc¬ 
trination Week in 1930 and have 
enjoyed a warm special friend¬ 
ship ever since. There have some¬ 
times been long gaps between 
meetings, and even though we 
have had differing careers and 
personal interests, each encoun¬ 
ter has renewed an unspoken 
bond. Our most recent get-togeth¬ 
er occurred out on Long Island, in 
Cutchogue, where Ed and Frank, 
unaware of the other's destina¬ 
tion, have found retirement spots: 
Ed from a distinguished career in 
social service and Frank from the 
demands of corporate law (he's 
still active in arbitration cases). 

We spent more than two delight¬ 
ful days together and look for¬ 
ward to more reminiscing at the 
60th Reunion. 

"Perhaps you could start a 
search for other similar long-last¬ 
ing 'nuclear '34 groups?"' 


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Columbia College 
Today 

475 Riverside Drive 
Suite 917 

New York, N.Y. 10115 


Paul V. Nyden 

P.O. Box 205 
Hillsdale, N.Y. 12529 
Edwin Bertsche summers in 
Boothbay Harbor, Maine and 
winters in Augusta, Ga. Says 
playing golf and teaching dupli¬ 
cate bridge keep him enjoyably 
occupied the whole year. 



John P. Carter, Sonoma, Calif., 
emeritus professor of business 
administration. University of 
California, although retired, still 
chairs a committee of the acade¬ 
mic senate. Tells in a long note of 
his lifelong interest in all tech¬ 
nologies, especially rail. While an 
undergraduate he used to go 
down to Beaver St. on afternoons 
when he had no classes to work 
in the lighterage department of 
the New York Central. He spent 
some years with the New York 
Central, the Kahului, and 
Southern Pacific railroads until he 
decided that he wanted to 
become a professor. Twenty years 
ago he laid rail in his backyard 
and installed a large wooden 
Sacramento Northern caboose 
(vintage 1916), which was uti¬ 
lized as his office at home for 
preparing lectures and testimony. 
Now it serves as a three-bunk 
guest room and dressing room 
for the adjacent pool. Still main¬ 
tains his interest in air transport 
and now and then takes his 
scanner down to the tower, flight 
deck, and other frequencies 
watching planes obey (or disobey) 
orders. Finds it amusing when 
you are on the ground but less 
amusing, of course, when you are 
aloft. Did extensive travel years 
ago; a year in Jakarta, a year in 
Aix-en-Provence and frequent 
trips to Western Europe, Canada 
and Mexico. John recently had a 
conversation with Leonard 
Leaman, who still enjoys the law. 

William R. Michelsen, Winter 
Park, Fla., writes that he and his 
wife, Agnes, had an exciting and 
rewarding trip to Central Europe, 
which started in Amsterdam and 
ended in Vienna. In between, 
they spent three nights cruising 
up the Rhine, stopping in Munich 
at just the right time to enjoy 
Oktoberfest. They enjoyed 
Salzburg, home of Mozart, and 
Vienna, home of the Strausses. 


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38 


Walter E. Schaap 

86-63 Clio Street 
Hollis, N.Y. 11423 


Peter J. Guthom 

514 North Lakeside Dr. 
Lake Worth, Ha. 33460 


Have recently received an inter¬ 
esting letter from Russell 
Zeininger of Los Angeles. Russ 
was the basketball manager, and 
as a reward he was given the bas¬ 
ketball score book for all the 
1937-38 games. Russ had entered 
all the details of the games while 
in progress. Rather than let this 
treasure fall into the hands of his 
heirs who had little interest, he 
has donated it to William C. 
Steinman of the Columbia Sports 


Information Office. Incidentally, 
our team won ten and lost eight 
games. Anyone wishing to check 
on the performance of Jack 
O'Brien, Tom Macioce '39, Ernie 
Geiger, John Naylor '40 and all 
the rest should contact the new 
keeper of the score book. 

Coach Paul Mooney, who was 
as Irish as they come, brought the 
pre-NBA Celtics (a later version 
of the New York-based Original 
Celtics) to Columbia for practice 
sessions. In those days they really 
were Irish and were owned by 
Kate Smith (of "When the Moon 
Comes Over the Mountain" 
fame), who usually sat at the 
scoring table with Russ, each 
cheering on their respective team. 
Two years later, by a stroke of 
fate, Russ was handed the job of 
writing commercials Miss Smith 
was paid to read. 


39 


Robert E. Lewis 

464 Main Street, #218 
Port Washington, N.Y. 
11050 


The 55th Reunion of the Class of 
1939 was a rousing success. More 
than 30 members of the class, 
most of them accompanied by 
their wives, gathered on the 
Columbia campus on the week¬ 
end of June 3-5. The University 
provided stimulating speakers 
from the faculty and a smoothly 
running program. The meals 
were tasty and attractively 
served. 

Much of the credit goes to our 
program chair, Vic Futter, and 
our outgoing class president Jim 
Welles. They drew upon the tal¬ 
ents of the class as well as on the 
University faculty. Vic Wouk not 
only talked about the electric 
automobile, but had two of them 
available for inspection and test 
rides. Saturday morning featured 
a panel of classmates forecasting 
"What Will the World Look Like 
in 2039?" Dave Hertz, who is dis¬ 
tinguished professor emeritus of 
computer science and is teaching 
about artificial intelligence, dis¬ 
cussed communications; Jerry 
Kurshan, formerly a physicist 
with RCA, talked about science; 
Bob Lewis, a former economist 
for Citibank, reviewed the econo¬ 
my; Bob Banks, still an active 
transportation consultant, looked 
at the future of transportation; 
and Dr. Arthur Ludwig dis¬ 
cussed medicine. 

Others who came to speak to 
the Class of 1939 included Dean 
Steven Marcus '48, who discussed 
the future of education at Colum¬ 
bia College, Professors Ted de 
Bary '41, Roger Hilsman, Andrew 
Delbanco and Len Fine, and for¬ 
mer Dean Robert Pollack '61. 

At a brief business meeting. 













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our parents, as taxpayers, had 
paid for every bit of it. He led 
us through a light workout on 
the Severn late Friday after¬ 
noon, and we awoke Saturday 
morning to fine spring weather 
and perfect racing conditions. 

The headline in the next day's 
New York Times reported the 
startling results matter-of-fact- 
ly— Columbia Sweeps Regatta 
at Navy —but the lead para¬ 
graphs by the late Bob Kelley, 
the dean of crew writers, were 
memorable: 

"Three boatloads of Columbia 
oarsmen looked at open water 
between them and Navy's 
shells yesterday in three races, 
and they did not have to turn 


Hu Glendon's greatest day 


I t was the last Friday in April 
1940, and there was little hint 
that an unforgettable weekend 
was about to begin. The varsity, 
junior varsity and freshman 
heavyweight crews were en 
route to Annapolis to race Navy 
on the Severn, and we were 
decided underdogs, as usual. 

An upset was almost too much 
to hope for, but the Class of '42 
frosh crew had beaten the 
plebes the year before, so there 
was some reason for optimism. 

Our coach was the late Hu 
Glendon. His father, "Old" Dick 
Glendon, had been the head 
crew coach at the Naval Aca¬ 
demy for many years, and there 
was no one Hu wanted to beat 
more than Navy. He and Buck 
Walsh, Navy's coach, were bit¬ 
ter rivals, and Navy took great 
pride in its successful rowing 
tradition, which went back even 
before the days when the future 
admiral Chester Nimitz stroked 
the Navy varsity. 

The long train ride to Mary¬ 
land that day was enlivened by 
Doc Barrett, who trained gen¬ 
erations of Columbia athletes 
(including the 1929 champi¬ 
onship crew and the 1934 Rose 
Bowl team) with equal parts of 
humor and adhesive tape. He 
was recently described by 
George Froehlich '42 as "a big 
man with a shock of white hair, 
who only smiled out of one side 
of his mouth because he had no 
teeth, looking like W. C. Fields 
and wearing a straw boater." 
Doc issued instructions to the 
railroad staff as to precisely 
what the crews could eat and 
drink. Then, as only he could. 
Doc regaled the dining car 
stewards with tall tales and 
anecdotes from his inex¬ 
haustible supply, prompting 
the head steward to ask us the 
name of "that white-haired 
gentleman who coaches your 
football, basketball and crew 
teams." 

Before arriving in Annapolis, 
Coach Glendon warned us not 
to be overwhelmed by the 
grandeur of the Naval Aca¬ 
demy, and to remember that 


their heads to do it. 

"All three New York crews 
rowed intelligent, smooth 
races, took command early on 
the mile-and-a-half course, 
answered any challenges Navy 
had to offer and moved away 
at the finish 

rom the perspective of 
more than 50 years, it still 
stands out as an incredible per¬ 
formance. On no other occasion 
has Columbia swept the river 
against Navy. 

The next day Bob Harron, 
Columbia's great sports infor¬ 
mation director—who was 
underage for World War I and 
overage for World War II but 
managed to serve in both, and 
who would later become a 
University vice president under 
President Eisenhower—had a 
picture taken of the three win¬ 
ning Columbia crews. They 


were proudly wearing Navy 
shirts—to the victor belong the 
spoils—but the proper Athletic 
Director Reynolds Benson asked 
Bob not to release the picture to 
the press for fear of offending 
Navy brass. 

Years later when I visited Hu 
Glendon in Harwichport, Mass., 
on Cape Cod, where he was a 
thriving realtor, the only rowing 
picture on his wall was of three 
grinning Columbia crews—in 
their Navy shirts, of course. 

"That was, without a doubt," 
Hu said, "the greatest day of 
my coaching career." 

Robert J. Kaufman '42 


Bob Kaufman, a media consultant 
living in Scarsdale, N.Y., was for 
many years vice president and 
general attorney for the ABC 
Television Network. This article is 
adapted from The Great Class of 
1942 Newsletter. 


Conquerors: After the Navy sweep, the 1940 Columbia heavyweight crews posed proudly (in Navy shirts) before 
the boathouse for a photo later autographed by Hu Glendon, Doc Barrett and their victorious charges. Pictured are 
(top row, left to right) varsity Jack Gaffron ‘42, Hank Remmer ‘40 (captain), John Grunow ‘42, Hank Wheeler '40, 
Jack Fraser '40, Bud Froehlich '40, John Persson '42, Charles Morgan ‘42, and Joe Fremd '40; (middle row) junior 
varsity; Bill Keutgen '40, Art Smith '42, Hank Brose '41, Proc Winter ‘41, Bob Kaufman '42, Al Cordes '42, 
Charles Webster '40, Hugh Bower '40, and Ed Gibbon'42; and (front row) freshmen—all from the Class of '43— 
Larry Schlossman, Gene Remmer, Herb Sandick, Jim Common, Dick Jackson. Harry Luhrs, Ralph Timm, Larry 
O'Neill, and Bill Loweth. The boathouse has since been renamed in honor of the late Gene Remmer. 


Bob Banks was elected class 
president; Vic Futter and Bob 
Senkier, vice presidents; Bob 
Lewis, class secretary; and 
Ralph Staiger, class treasurer. 


In recognition of service to their 
class and to the College, Dean's 
pins were awarded to Jim 
Welles, Bob Banks, Vic Futter, 
Bob Lewis, and Ralph Staiger. 


The class noted with regret the 
recent passing away of Al Som¬ 
mers (former class president). Si 
Hauser, Arnold Forrest, Howard 
Miller, and Spencer McGrady. 


The long list of classmates who 
have lost touch was also noted. 
Don't become a missing person— 
keep your news notes coming to 
Bob Banks or to me. 










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41 


Seth Neugroschl 

1349 Lexington Avenue 
New York, N.Y. 10028 


Stanley H. Gotliffe 

328 Ell Road 
Hillsdale, N.J. 07642 


From Ray Robinson comes the 
following: "There's always a first 
in everybody's life. I was auc¬ 
tioned off for the first time on 
March 15 at the CU School of 
Nursing Scholarship Fund 
Healthcare Auction held at 
Christie's East in New York. As a 
baseball historian, I will attend a 
Mets game and offer expert com¬ 
mentary, as well as one of my 
autographed books, to the person 
who won me. My original evalua¬ 
tion by the experts was $100.1 
came in at $275, not too bad for 
an old geezer who can't go to my 
right anymore." 

From The New York Times of Jan¬ 
uary 25,1994, via Bob Dettmer, a 
letter to the editor from Norman 
S. Blackman, M.D., past president 
of Kings County Medical Society. 
Norman outlines a well-reasoned 
proposal for "low-cost, unlimited, 
government-sponsored cata¬ 
strophic medical insurance for all 
who truly need it." 

Early in May, Hugh R. K. 
Barber, James Dick, and Stan 
Gotliffe, with their spouses, 
joined several dozen of their P&S 
classmates in festivities marking 
the 50th anniversary of their 
graduation from medical school. 
Also present were a few members 
of '42, who had taken advantage 
of the now extinct practice of 
"professional option." Congratu¬ 
lations are hereby extended to 
our other College classmates who 
are similarly celebrating their 
50th year as physicians. 

With regret we note the death 
on January 5 of Alfred E. Gordon 
(known at Columbia as Alfred E. 
Giacometti). He had been engi¬ 
neering manager of ITT in Easton, 
Pa., retiring in 1983. He leaves a 
wife, Cynthia Laidlaw B'41, three 
children and eight grandchildren. 

From Jack Mullins we have 
sadly learned of the passing of 
John L. Gifford on May 14 in Ft. 
Lauderdale, Fla. He is survived 
by a daughter, Alexandra, and his 
wife, Nancy, who asks interested 
classmates to contribute to the 
College Fund in his memory. 

We have only recently learned 
of the demise of Alfred E. 
Scanlon, Sr. on April 21,1993 in 
Potomac, Md. Our belated sym¬ 
pathies go to his family. 

More happily, congratulations 
on the graduation from Savannah 
College of Art and Design of 
Jimmy, youngest child of Ann 
and James Dick. 



Richard H. Kuh '41, the former 
New York County District 
Attorney, chaired the First National 
Conference on Gun Violence in 
Washington, D.C. in late June, at 
which concerned citizens gathered to 
respond to a growing crisis: in 1991 
(the most recent year for which com¬ 
plete data is available), more than 
38,000 Americans were killed by 
firearms, and the number is believed 
to have increased greatly since then. 
Mr. Kuh, now the senior litigating 
partner at the New York law firm of 
Warshaw Burstein Cohen 
Schlesinger & Kuh, was joined at 
the conference by Attorney General 
Janet Reno, Surgeon General M. 
Joycelyn Elders, gun control advo¬ 
cates Jim and Sarah Brady, and 
Secretary of Health and Human 
Services Donna Shalala, among 
other leaders. Though Mr. Kuh sees 
the Brady Bill and other recent mea¬ 
sures as a first step in addressing 
the epidemic of gun violence, he 
says, "1 think we've got to go a lot 
farther than that." 

A combat infantryman during 
World War II, Mr. Kuh graduated 
in 1948 from Harvard Law School, 
where he edited the law review. He 
spent many years as a public prose¬ 
cutor in the office of the legendary 
Frank S. Hogan '24 and succeeded 
him as Manhattan D.A. in 1974. 
Mr. Kuh lives in Greenwich Village 
with his wife, Joyce, a former editor 
at the Ladies' Home Journal who 
is now development director of the 
Grace Church School; they have two 
grown children. 


42 


Herbert Mark 

197 Hartsdale Avenue 
White Plains, N.Y. 10606 


When the President's Cup was 
awarded by Columbia College to 
Vic Zaro for his service to the 
class and to the College, seven 
classmates joined Vic's family 
and more than 200 alumni at the 
award luncheon. Vic's remarks 
when he received the cup were 


moving to the entire audience, 
but were especially evocative for 
George Froehlich, Aldo Daniele, 
Gene Mahler, Jerry Bishop, Bill 
Carey, Manny Lichtenstein and 
me, as he described our campus 
life more than fifty years ago. He 
then cited the achievements and 
contributions made by the class 
over the years, mentioning 
CEO's, a prize-winning author. 
Federal judges, a university presi¬ 
dent and numerous physicians, 
lawyers and clergymen of all 
faiths. He also announced that 
the class gift for our 50th anniver¬ 
sary had reached $1,261,000. 

The seven class members at the 
luncheon were all still at least 
partially active in business and 
their professions. 

And in a final sad note, we 
should all remember our friend 
Larry Uttal, who died recently. 


John F. Pearson 

5 Walden Lane 
Ormond Beach, Ha. 
32174 

Alfred Felsberg was our lone 
representative at Horida Dean's 
Day, held last January on 
Williams Island. The one-day 
program gave alumni the oppor¬ 
tunity to meet with Dean Steven 
Marcus '48, to hear talks by three 
faculty members, and to socialize 
in pleasant subtropical surround¬ 
ings. 

Alfred is a retired AT&T public 
relations exec. He and wife 
Isobelle live in Bonita Springs, are 
active members of the Southwest 
Horida Archeology Society, enjoy 
travel, and devote much time to 
volunteer work. 

Recent mail brought an impres¬ 
sive color photo of Stan Wyatt's 
latest work, the 14-foot mural that 
now adorns the Fire Training 
Center of Rockland County, N.Y. 
Very impressive. Stan's talent is a 
given, but the sheer size of the 
painting must have made huge 
demands on vigor, strength of 
arm and clarity of eye. Ask Stan 
and he might attribute his fine 
fettle to pre-dawn jogging and to 
his early discovery of low-fat 
health foods at Joe Krabacow's 
(phonetic spelling) hole-in-the- 
wall deli on Amsterdam Avenue. 

In addition to painting, Stan 
knows how to write. Thus, 
through the years he has been the 
most faithful contributor to these 
class notes. This is a subtle hint to 
the rest of you: How about some 
news? 



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Walter Wager 

200 West 79th Street 
New York, N.Y. 10024 


Nearly 100 of the finest minds of 
our time—i.e., members of the 
Class of '44 and their wise/noble 
mates—gathered on campus June 
2-5 in a 50th Reunion hailed as a 
very good experience: gents from 
Vancouver (Dick Seaton); the San 
Francisco area (scholarly Ralph 
Lane and sporty Len Koppett); 
and other sensitive Californians 
(such as handsome John Strom) 
joined the gifted his and hers Drs. 
Gabrielson of rural Mass.; Atlanta 
medical professor John Spitz- 
nagel; eminent Brooklyn psychol¬ 
ogist Dr. Reuben Margolis; 
dashing TV-film-book writer 
Gordon Cotier of NYC; distin¬ 
guished '44 VP's Joe Leff, who 
became president of the Big 
Apple's classy 92nd Street Y in 
May, and solicitor-corp. exec.- 
philanthropist Dave Sacks, who 
brings charisma to Larchmont; fel¬ 
low Gotham legal luminaries Jay 
Topkis and Maurice Spanbock; 
and brothers-in-law in medicine 
Dr. Bob Mclnemey and Dr. Clem 
Curd of Pittsfield in the scenic 
Berkshires. 

Add such fine doctors as David 
Becker, Martin Beller, Walter 
Chemris, James Connell, George 
Cytroen, Morton Maxwell of 
California repute, Robert Rosen¬ 
thal and Richard Zucker to the 
healthy and happy happening. 
Three other great doctors of a dif¬ 
ferent kind who spoke at our com¬ 
ing together were Dr. Joshua 
Lederberg, both Nobel Laureate 
and president emeritus of Rocke¬ 
feller University, Dr. George Rupp 
(and gracious spouse)—he's presi¬ 
dent of the University—and Dr. 
Steven Marcus '48, who is both a 
v.p. and the College dean. 

Neither last nor least by a mile 
and a half were sage and generous 
retired executive and ex-head of 
the Columbia Scholastic Press 
Association Chuck O'Malley, 
who's contributed so much over 
so long to Columbia; Harry 
Allison of the Horace Mann 
School faculty; retired/able engi¬ 
neers Ralph Colton and Ev 
Roach; John Donahue; Herbert 
Dyke; Dave Feder; Elmer Gaden; 
gifted financial writer-publicist 
H. Rolf Hecht of N.J.; esteemed 
engineer Sheldon Isakoff; attor¬ 
ney and senior v.p. of the Center 
for Public Resources Peter Kas- 
kell; James Lubkin; Gene Mogul 
and Harold Polton—both of 
whom brought honor to '44 when 
they joined four other classmates 
in dais appearances at '94's Class 
Day on May 18; worldly Don 
Mitchell; California engineer 
Albert Rothman; handsome 
Homer Schoen, who co-tsared our 









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gift drive; two splendid men 
of the cloth who spoke at our 
memorial for deceased class¬ 
mates—Rev. Dick Hunter and 
Rev. Louis Pitt; Martin Reinish 
'44E; engineers Robert Schoen- 
feld and Will Schreiber; suave 
Big Apple counsel to the stars 
Paul J. Sherman Esq.; Martin 
Shulman and Robert Stoecker— 
both '44E luminaries; and writer 
Walter Wager, who will hear 
about it if any names were naive¬ 
ly omitted. 

In mid-reunion. Dr. George 
Cytroen heard that son Andrew 
'82 and Anda Ansons Cytroen 
(B'83, Public Health '93) had just 
become the delighted parents of 
Samuel Karl Cytroen. He should 
be a natural for the valedictorian 
of the Class of 2016, right? 


45 


Clarence W. Sickles 
321 Washington Street 
Hackettstown, N.J. 
07840 


Cy Blank of Norwalk, Conn, 
writes of 40 years developing 
three successful companies in the 
retail industry. In retirement, Cy 
decided "to give back some of the 
blessings I had received." He is 
doing this by involvement with 1) 
SCORE (Service Corps of Retired 
Executives), which counsels those 
entering the retail business; 2) 
IESC (International Executive 
Service Corps), which helps Third 
World companies to progress (Cy 
did this in Bangladesh last year); 
3) NESC (National Executive 
Service Corps), which gives free 
counsel to non-profit organiza¬ 
tions; and 4) The Jazz Foundation 
of America, which helps indigent 
musicians and promotes the cul¬ 
tural heritage of jazz for the next 
generation. Cy plans to look up in 
Palo Alto classmate Mike 
Weisbart, who was an honoree in 
the Fall '93 CCT. Cy tells us with 
justified pride that his oldest son, 
Frederick, is a '73 Columbia grad¬ 
uate. We hold with esteem a '45er 
like Cy and wonder how many 
other classmates have outstand¬ 
ing achievements about which we 
are eager to hear. 

Jack Greenberg, the Columbia 
law professor and former College 
Dean, was honored last 
December in NYC by the B'nai 
B'rith Freedom-Lincoln-Jordan 
Unit with its 1994 Bertha 
Levinson Award, presented 
annually for community leader¬ 
ship in promoting racial harmo¬ 
ny. Jack served the NAACP Legal 
Defense Fund for 35 years, 
authored the New York City ordi¬ 
nance prohibiting discrimination 
against women and minorities in 
private clubs, and has been a key 
force in the racial discrimination 
fight in South Africa. We salute 



They know who they are: During their lively and successful 50th Anniversary Reunion, some of the Golden Class 
of 1944 gathered on the steps of Low Library at 4:45 p.m. on June 2. "This day—which will surely live infamy — 
marked an historic assembly of notable Columbians from several galaxies," noted Class President Walter Wager, 
"and the picture will be treasured even if several of our most brilliant members missed the photo session because they 
were solving arcane mathematical problems or taking naps." 


Jack's dedication to the causes 
which are recognized by this 
noble award. 

George T. Wright retired last 
December and moved with his 
wife to Tucson, Ariz. after 25 
years of "cold Minnesota win¬ 
ters." We hope George won't at 
first enjoy the pleasant change 
but then come to look out the 
window and say, like the fellow 
who moved down from Maine: 
"Another damn sunny day!" 

Julian Hyman of Teaneck, N.J. 
has retired after 40 years of active 
medical practice, but continues to 
teach at St. Luke's-Roosevelt 
Hospital and St. Clare's Hospital 
in New York. His fortunate stu¬ 
dents will have a teacher with 40 
years of "field" experience plus 
high quality medical knowledge. 


Our nominees for recognition 
this time are: Charles Beck, 64 
Melville Rd„ Hillsdale, N.J. 07642 
and, Joachim H. Becker, 245 
Hemlock Lane, Aberdeen, Md. 
21001. Let's hear from our nomi¬ 
nees or anyone who has informa¬ 
tion on them. 


Henry S. Coleman 

P.O. Box 1283 
New Canaan, Conn. 
06840 

Thank goodness for the activities 
of Fritz Stem or there wouldn't 
be much to write about our class. 
Fritz was the main speaker at the 
Columbia College Class Day this 
year and from all reports did us 
proud. Fritz followed that up by 
giving the eulogy at the memorial 


service for my old colleague 
Erwin Glikes '59. Erwin and I 
served in the Admissions Office 
and Dean of Students' Office 
before he left Morningside 
Heights to become a superb edi¬ 
tor and publisher. I had a note 
from Peter Wedeen, who is upset 
that the Alumni Office keeps plac¬ 
ing him with the class of '44 
instead of '46, where he feels he 
belongs. Peter promises to cele¬ 
brate his 50th reunion with us in 
May 1996 at Arden House. 

I did get one response to my 
plea for mail but it was from a 
member of the Class of '77, not 
'46. Jim Mullen '77, whose trans¬ 
fer to the College from Engineer¬ 
ing I facilitated, wrote to assure 
me that my faith was well justi¬ 
fied. Jim is with Citibank now and 










































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is involved with many Columbia 
alumni activities. Old faithful 
Howard Clifford checked in a 
short time ago. He is now living 
in Kickapoo, Wash., where he is 
raising giant quail for the senior 
hunter whose eyesight has failed. 
Howard asked about Fred 
Escherich, who moved to New 
Canaan last year. I called Fred 
and found he is recovering from 
his stroke at a "slow but sure" 
pace and promises to be with us 
at Arden House in 1996. It 
wouldn't be a reunion without 
Fred and Eleanor. Hopefully by 
the next column. President Norm 
Cohen will have called another 
luncheon meeting and I will be 
able to give you a report on plans 
for the great 50th. In the mean¬ 
time, how about a card or two 
from some of the rest of you? 


47 


George W. Cooper 

P. O. Box 1311 
Stamford, Conn. 06904 


Just finished reading the Winter/ 
Spring 1994 issue of Columbia 
College Today, with its fascinat¬ 
ing articles on Homer's Odyssey 
and other facets of the Human¬ 
ities curriculum, one of the prides 
of our Alma Mater. Back on page 
30, the Class Notes begin, and our 
notes should have appeared five 
pages later. Nothing! Perhaps the 
reason is the use of an outdated 
address, with a multitude of con¬ 
tributions lying unattended in the 
dead-letter box of the Stamford 
Post Office. "Not," I venture to 
say. More likely is that our class¬ 
mates are so young in heart and 
so busy with myriad projects as 
to be unable to report in or, con¬ 
versely, so mired in some slough 
of retirement-induced inactivity 
as to be unable to rise to the occa¬ 
sion. What gives? 

Thanks to Byron Dobell for 
providing the lone piece of '47 
news. The former editor of 
American Heritage had a show¬ 
ing of his paintings in May at 
Atlantic Gallery in New York 
City. 


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David L. Schraffenbeiger 
115 East 9 th Street, 

Apt. 21-A 

New York, N.Y. 10003 


Bob Clayton, claiming retirement, 
continues an active schedule as 
chairman for the State of New 
York and the Crown Colony of 
Bermuda (is the Prime Minister 
aware of this?) for Diabetes 
Awareness, a program sponsored 
by the Lions Club. Anyone with 
an interest in the program is invit¬ 
ed to call Bob at (212) 673-8938. 

Bob also passes along word of 
Alma Jean and Bob Rowe, on 
safari in Kenya, followed by trav¬ 


el into Jordan and the Grecian 
isles. Alma Jean and Betty Clayton 
are co-craft-conspirators, with 
interests in origami and silk 
screening. 

A note from Jason Conn re¬ 
ports that he and his wife divide 
their time equally between homes 
in Lake Toxaway, N.C. and 
Manhattan. 

Two thumbs up from your 
reviewer/correspondent: first 
novel from the pen of Dr. Grant 
Dellabough, BAM!—By Any 
Means. Paying the environmental 
piper in the year 2015. Good and 
spirited reading, hard to put 
down ($9.95 plus $2 postage/ 
handling. University Editions, 
Inc., 59 Oak Lane, Spring Valley, 
Huntington, W.V. 25704). 

Two thumbs up from your 
reviewer/correspondent: newly 
released documentary. The Life 
and Times of Allen Ginsberg, com¬ 
ing soon to a theatre near you. If 
not, you'll have to settle for Allen 
in a recent Gap ad, resplendent in 
his khakis. Better yet, try Cosmo¬ 
politan Greetings—Allen Ginsberg 
(HarperCollins, published April 
1994) at your local bookstore or 
library. 

In a recent interview in Spirit 
magazine, Thad Golas, nearing 
70, reflected on life on planet 
earth, and the 20 years that have 
passed since publication of his 
Lazy Man's Guide to Enlight¬ 
enment, described in the article as 
"a classic primer on cosmic con¬ 
sciousness." The book has been in 
continuous publication for over 
20 years, and has been translated 
into eight languages. It is avail¬ 
able through Volume One, 
Columbia, S.C. 

Best wishes to Steven Marcus 
as he returns to teaching and 
writing after service as Dean of 
Columbia College and Vice 
President for Arts and Sciences; 
he remains at both posts for the 
time being. 

Alphonse Taillon and wife 
Lillian recently returned to their 
Jamestown, R.I. home after a tour 
of duty in Martin, Slovakia. As a 
volunteer with the International 
Executive Service Corps (IESC), 
Alphonse assisted ZTS- 
Turcianske Strojame S. P. Martin 
in an overall analysis of its 
financial organization. IESC is a 
not-for-profit organization of 
American businessmen and 
-women devoted to providing 
managerial and technical assis¬ 
tance to private enterprises in 
developing countries. Since 
1965, IESC has completed more 
than 15,500 projects in 129 coun¬ 
tries. For information, write 
James O. Lee, IESC, P.O. Box 
10005, Stamford, Conn. 06904- 
2005, or call (203) 967-6000. 

Can we talk? Information, per¬ 


sonal, business or professional, 
insight, job opportunities, travel 
tips, horse racing tips, reviews 
of the arts, recipes, classmates in 
exotic places susceptible to free¬ 
loaders, are welcomed by your 
correspondent. 


Joseph B. Russell 

180 Cabrini Blvd., #21 
New York, N.Y. 10033 

The weekend of June 3-5 marked 
our 45th Reunion, held on cam¬ 
pus in the clearest, brightest 
weather imaginable. Starting with 
a class cocktail party on Friday 
evening, our class held its own 
symposium during Saturday 
morning. Before a dinner at 
which we were joined by our 
counterparts from Engineering, 
we held a brief meeting presided 
over by outgoing (in each sense) 
president George Cook, and 
elected Joe Levie as president to 
plan and put into execution our 
50th in 1999. You will all be hear¬ 
ing from him in the near future 
about that. Some 30 classmates 
attended various parts of the fes¬ 
tivities, many accompanied by 
their spouses, including: George 
Brehm, Robert Butler, George 
Cook, Justin D'Atri, Arthur 
Feder, Robert Goldberg, Jessica 
and Judah Gribetz, Gene Hawes, 
Alice and Takashi Kako, Richard 
Kandel, Joan and Robert Kerker, 
Hallie and Joseph Levie, Ruth 
and William Lubic, Monica and 
Arthur Mehmel, Dona and Ward 
Motts, Charles Olson, Bob 
Rosencrans, Eugene Rossides, 
Charlotte and Joe Russell, 

Harvey Soldan, Gloria and John 
Weaver, Ed Lemanski, Naomi 
and Marv Lipman, and Dick 
Miller. 

After dinner, Professor Roger 
Hilsman discussed the reasons 
for the breakup of the Soviet 
Union and the continuing danger 
of nuclear war arising from the 
vast stockpiles of weapons and 
delivery systems held by the U.S. 
and Russia. The more intrepid of 
us closed the weekend with wine 
tasting (all superb specimens cho¬ 
sen with care and taste) at the 
gracious home of Ruth and Bill 
Lubic. 

During our Saturday morning 
session a distinguished panel, 
assembled and chaired by Fred 
Berman, discussed the plight of 
the criminal justice system in 
New York and explored some 
possible new directions, and 
afterward Bob Butler enlightened 
all of (and reassured some of) us 
concerning love, intimacy and sex 
after 60. Charlie Peters, at lunch, 
spoke with wit and grace of offi¬ 
cial Washington as characterized 
by two overriding factors—make- 
believe and survival. 



The following additional items 
have come to my attention since 
the last report: noted neurosur¬ 
geon Edgar Housepian was 
among some 100 distinguished 
Americans awarded the Ellis 
Island Medal of Honor in late 
May. The medal honors people 
from all walks of life, celebrating 
our nation's rich cultural diversi¬ 
ty. Ed serves as professor of clini¬ 
cal neurological surgery at P&S, 
and after the disastrous 
Armenian earthquake of 1988 he 
traveled to that country to pro¬ 
vide immediate emergency relief 
and help restructure medical ser¬ 
vices; this included establishing 
an exchange program to enable 
young Armenian doctors to get 
post-graduate training at top 
teaching hospitals worldwide 
(including Columbia- 
Presbyterian Medical Center, the 
home of P&S). 

Gene Rossides, accompanied 
by Aphrodite and their two sons, 
was honored at the John Jay 
Awards dinner in March. Easing 
up a bit as a senior partner in the 
Washington office of Rogers & 
Wells, he looked trim, tanned and 
relaxed. His tales (some told at 
the reunion) are better than ever, 
improving in color and detail as 
he settles into the comfortable 
role of professional writer. Soon 
out will be a book on Kissinger 
and Cyprus, and another on drug 
interdiction and control as Gene 
sees them. 

The owners of the Empire State 
Building thought it would be nice 
to celebrate Valentine's Day by 
hosting a series of weddings on 
the observation deck, a pleasanter 
venue indeed than the City 
Clerk's office, and called on 
Acting Supreme Court Justice 
Fred Berman to do the honors. 
One bride and groom had the 
good fortune to be shown live on 
the Today Show, and thus were 
married in front of several million 
witnesses. Fred commented to a 
TV reporter that as a judge who 
often must sentence convicted 
felons to life in prison, he was 
delighted to hand down life sen¬ 
tences of love and happiness to a 
dozen happy couples. 

Walt Schlotterbeck and wife 
Paula write that they are follow¬ 
ing Greeley's advice and hope to 
make a mark on the new frontier; 
they send best regards to the 
reunees (passed along by your 
correspondent at the proper 
time). Their new address is 201 
Overlake Dr. E., Medina, Wash. 
98004, which my map puts just 
across Lake Washington from 
Seattle—gorgeous country. 

From Cary, N.C. comes word 
from Chester Nedwidek, report¬ 
ing that in May of this year he 
received his master of civil engi- 









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69 


neering degree from N.C. State, 
after four years of night study 
while serving as assistant director 
of the geographic information 
systems branch of the State 
Transportation Dept., the group 
that makes all the maps and 
keeps current all configuration 
data for all roads in the state. He 
is involved in developing and 
refining the technology needed to 
put in place a computer-based 
digital system for processing data 
which will reduce to about six 
weeks (from two and a half years) 
the time interval between a physi¬ 
cal change and its map depiction. 
He adds that he is proud of his 
sons and grandchildren, and 
spends his spare time woodwork¬ 
ing, sailing and gardening. 

On June 3, your correspondent 
was elected to a four-year term as 
Village Justice of Ocean Beach (on 
Fire Island), often referred to as 
"the land of NO." Someone's got 
to do it! 

On a somber note, I am grieved 
to report to those of you who did 
not see the news account that 
Sorrell Booke, our devoted class¬ 
mate and widely recognized 
character actor, died at age 64 in 
February at his home in Sherman 
Oaks, Calif., and that in that same 
stormy month Stan Godofsky 
lost Elaine, his beloved wife for 
the past 40 years. These and 
other, earlier, losses were duly 
noted by a moment of respectful 
silence at our class dinner on June 
4. To all we extend our sincere 
condolences. 


Mario Palmieri 

33 Lakeview Avenue 
West Peekskill, N.Y. 
10566 

Sadly, we report the death of 
Edward J. Donovan, Jr. in March. 
Classmate Ash Green attended 
the funeral service. Ed is survived 
by a son and a daughter. 

Did anyone notice that Ari 
Roussos was mentioned in a full- 
page ad in The New York Times in 
April? Seems that Del Frisco's 
Double Eagle Steak House in 
Dallas considers Ari a special cus¬ 
tomer from New York. Talk 
about fame! 

Norman Dorsen, since leaving 
the national presidency of the 
ACLU, has continued as Stokes 
Professor of Law at New York 
University, and in 1994 the 
Society of American Law 
Teachers gave him its annual 
achievement award for contribu¬ 
tions to legal education. Norm is 
also active as a member of the 
President's Council of Inter¬ 
national Planned Parenthood and 
a member of the executive com¬ 
mittee of the Lawyers Committee 
for Human Rights. Hard to 


believe, Norm notes in his letter, 
that we are out of Columbia 44 
years. 

Desmond Nunan writes from 
Ocean City, N.J. to offer this 
advice: You can bounce back! Des 
was hospitalized three times in 
'91 and '92, after which his chil¬ 
dren got him a bicycle and he 
trained for a biathlon. Des, the 
oldest competitor, finished last, 
but he finished! To his classmates 
he says: Seek your doctor's advice, 
but start an exercise regime. 

From Paul McCoy comes word 
that he has applied for a second 
patent, this one for a process to 
produce micronutrient carboxy- 
lates or sucrates for rapid uptake 
by plants. He has also developed 
a natural pesticide which is prov¬ 
ing successful on pests that infest 
major crops. Paul's work involves 
advanced organo-metallic (I hope 
I got that right) chemistry. Paul is 
in Clearwater, Fla. 

Well, it looks like your corre¬ 
spondent's request for news has 
produced some good results. 
Keep those cards and letters 
coming! 


George Koplinka 

75 Chelsea Road 
White Plains, N.Y. 

10603 

Bob Osnos, who completed his 
medical education at P&S ('56), is 
currently chief of psychiatry at 
Coler Memorial Hospital on 
Roosevelt Island in New York 
City. His wife, Naomi, is an art 
director at Random House. 
Although their two daughters did 
not study at Columbia, Gwen 
Osnos White worked for the 
University until this spring as 
director of employee records and 
information systems. 

Gerry Evans and his wife Anne 
returned this spring from a two- 
month vacation in the Mediter¬ 
ranean after traveling for three 
weeks in Turkey. Gerry found 
himself at the archaeological wall 
of Troy, reminiscing about 
Humanities and Homer's Iliad. 
The Evanses' odyssey concluded 
in Italy with visits to Florence, 
Venice and Milan. Now, safely 
back in Cooperstown, N.Y., Gerry 
has memories and American 
Express bills! 

Tom Powers and his wife, 
Marlene, visited New York from 
Ohio last fall and enjoyed a great 
visit with the Evans family. Such 
visits have prompted several '51 
grads in the metropolitan New 
York area to offer home hospitali¬ 
ty to classmates from around the 
country. Call your class corre¬ 
spondent at (914) 592-9023 if you 
would like to take advantage of 
the opportunity. 

Our class was well represented 


at Dean's Day on the campus on 
April 16. Participants included 
Bob Snyder, Dave Berman, Bob 
Flynn, Paul Wallace, Stan 
Schachter, Lew Morris, Ted 
Bihuniak and George Koplinka. 
Along with their wives and 
friends, the group experienced 
another outstanding program 
which highlighted current 
Columbia academic life. Ted 
Bihuniak, retired from Union 
Carbide since January 1992, was 
overheard in this conversation: 
"Our three children are all mar¬ 
ried and fully motivated." That 
must be new phraseology for an 
ability to produce grandchildren 
two at a time following the 
arrival of the recent set of twins to 
their daughter, Tina. 

Peg and George Koplinka 
finally made that long-awaited 
trip to California. No, they didn't 
see any classmates from the 
College, but they did have a good 
visit with cousins and took in the 
sights from the Napa Valley to 
Yosemite to L.A. 

Kudos to Richard Howard for 
his skilled editing of Henry James: 
Collected Travel Writings, favor¬ 
ably reviewed last December in 
The New York Times Book Revieiv. 

Your class correspondent has a 
large mailbox. Please help to fill it 
regularly by sending information 
about yourself and classmates. 

It's nice to see your name in the 
paper. 


Robert Kandel 

Craftsweld 
26-26 Jackson Avenue 
Long Island City, N.Y. 
11101 

In March, Don Bainton was hon¬ 
ored at the John Jay Awards 
Dinner. He joins Roone Arledge, 
Dave Braun, Alan Cohen, Max 
Frankel, Larry Grossman, and 
Dick Wald, the '52-ers previously 
recognized. 

Speaking of Max Frankel... he 
is leaving the top position at The 
New York Times where, for the 
past eight years, he has been 
executive editor. He is not exactly 
retiring ... he will write a media 
column. Many credit Max with 
improving the paper's coverage 
of domestic and local news and 
changing it from the "good gray 
lady" to a younger, more accessi¬ 
ble paper. (I, however, am 
annoyed that the bridge column 
now appears only three days a 
week and slang is used in the 
crossword puzzle without identi¬ 
fying it as such!—When have I 
had the opportunity to criticize 
Max in print?) 

Aldo Ippolito reports from 
Toronto that Evel, son of George 
Economakis (of Athens, Greece) 
will be teaching Russian history at 


the University of Toronto. George 
was very hospitable to Aldo and 
Pat when they were in Greece a 
few years ago, so they were 
pleased to be able to return the 
favor by inviting Evel to dinner. 

Alfred Rubin is a distinguished 
professor of international law at 
Tufts University's Fletcher School 
of Law and Diplomacy, where he 
has taught for the past 20 years. 
He was on the fencing team at 
Columbia (as were George 
Economakis and Aldo Ippolito). 
After the Navy, law school, three 
years at Jesus College at Cam¬ 
bridge and then the Department 
of Defense as a lawyer and then 
director of trade control, Alfred 
taught at Oregon Law School for 
six years. He has been married 
for more than 30 years and they 
have a son (Columbia Law), a 
daughter who is a student at 
Fletcher, and another daughter 
who works in Washington, D.C. 

Bill Wallace has retired from 
Phoenix Home Life, where he 
was vice chairman and chief 
operating officer. In celebration, 
the Wallace clan went to 
Barbados for a week in February. 
Bill joined Home Life after 
Columbia in 1952. He rose to 
become chairman and CEO and 
presided over the merger with 
Phoenix Mutual Life in 1992. By 
the time you read this, Bill and 
Sallie will have moved into their 
new home in Potomac, Maryland. 

Oscar Oggier sends his "best to 
all" via a post card from Grand 
Prairie, Texas. 

Raymond Bizzigotti (Freehold, 
N.J.) retired last year and plans to 
travel extensively with his wife, 
Edna. 

I wish to thank those of you 
who have written. Please don't 
stop! All news and comments are 
greatly appreciated (I even 
received a letter from a '49-er in 
Missouri, F. Javier Camargo). 


Lew Robins 

89 Sturges Highway 
Westport, Conn. 06880 


Howard Falberg 

25 Coley Drive 
Weston, Conn. 06883 
It was a wonderful 40th Reunion 
that was filled with warmth, 
renewed friendships, and an 
appreciation of the influence 
which Columbia has had on our 
lives. The campus never looked 
lovelier and the fact that the vast 
majority of our classmates attend¬ 
ing (over 70) were able to recog¬ 
nize each other (albeit with some 
slight help from name tags) says 
something about the relative lack 
of physical ravages from 40 years 
of the ups and downs of life. 













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On Saturday morning we met 
in Avery Hall, where we had a 
spirited discussion on recent 
lifestyle changes. Among those 
who spoke about their own expe¬ 
riences were John Casella, 
Howard Falberg, Peter 
Ehrenhaft, Dick Bernstein, Dick 
Hobart, Leo Cirino, Alan 
Jacobson, Bob Viarengo, Ted 
Spiegel and Milt Edelin. While 
experiences varied dramatically, 
the common threads seemed to 
be that we all shared a sense of 
curiosity, possessed and cher¬ 
ished intellect, and had, in vary¬ 
ing degrees benefited from our 
life experiences during the past 
40 years. After no contact since 
graduation, it was particularly 
good to welcome back John 
Casella and his lovely bride. 

Lunch followed in the Dag 
Hammarskjold Lounge in SIP A 
for over 100 class members and 
their families and guests. Herb 
Hagerty spoke of his career in the 
foreign service and related expe¬ 
riences, both humorous and hair- 
raising, in such places as India, 

Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. Over 
100 classmates and guests en¬ 
joyed the food, atmosphere and 
balmy weather at the Tavern on 
the Green for cocktails, dinner 
and dancing. On Sunday morn¬ 
ing we gathered at the boat house 
at Baker Field for lunch. Dean of 
Students Roger Lehecka '67 
brought us up to date on the dra¬ 
matic improvement of the facili¬ 
ties on campus. Once again, the 
atmosphere, food and cama¬ 
raderie, as well as the weather, 
made for<a perfect reunion week¬ 
end for The Class of Destiny. 

Reunion Chairman Dick 
Bernstein and his committee 
deserve kudos along with the 
Alumni Office for a super 40th. 
While the majority of classmates 
came from the tri-state area, there 
were contingents from Florida, 
the District of Columbia area, 
Massachusetts, New Hampshire, 
Texas and California. Milt 
Edelin, who is deputy director 
of planning for the City of San 
Francisco, came the farthest, 
while Jerry Hampton from 
Sacramento came in a close sec¬ 
ond. If you were unable to be at 
this reunion, you missed a great 
time. Plan now for our 45th. 

I was happy to hear from sever¬ 
al of our classmates recently. Dr. 
Peter Maris (whose surname dur¬ 
ing college days was Marinakos) 
writes that his daughter recently 
graduated from Columbia 
College (having won a poetry 
award) and that his son is 
presently a pre-med junior at the 
College. Peter is an active mem¬ 
ber and leader in the medical 
community on Long Island as 
well as the Greek-American com¬ 


munity in the New York metro¬ 
politan area. Irwin Bernstein 
recently retired after 36 years 
with Maidenform, Inc. Irwin was 
always active in sports and that 
hasn't changed. He competes in 
Masters track meets where he is 
nationally ranked in his age 
group in the 800 and 400 meters. 
He also officiates in track and 
field events and serves on the 
Columbia Fencing Advisory 
Committee. Irwin is a living ex¬ 
ample that retirement in no way 
is synonymous with vegetating. 
Pete Ehrenhaft was named to the 
National Alumni Board of the 
College. His son, Dan, graduated 
from the College last May and is 
now working for a publisher of 
books, who is himself a Columbia 
graduate. Peter's law practice 
continues to be heavily involved 
in international transactions. 

Dick Daniel retired last year 
from Hoechst Celanese Corp¬ 
oration's advanced materials 
division, where he was senior 
v.p. of technology and engineer¬ 
ing. He is now consulting and 
"enjoying the opportunity to do 
many other things which I never 
had time to do," such as traveling 
and skiing. Both of Dick's sons 
graduated from the College. 

Did you happen to catch Dick 
Bernstein's epistle in The New 
York Times regarding his experi¬ 
ence in controlling diabetes? His 
pioneering work has helped so 
many people and it started with 
his success in healing himself. 
Arnold Kisch writes from 
Jerusalem where he and his fami¬ 
ly relocated about two years ago. 
At one of our reunion sessions, I 
defined retirement as having 
more control of your own time. I 
thought that Arnold summed it 
up marvelously when he wrote, 
"I refuse to consider myself as 
'retired,' but for two years now I 
have avoided what we call the 
'W' word. So I know the joys of 
being master of my own time at 
last and I am so busy with things 
that interest me that I wonder 
how I ever found time for my 
career." Arnold's youngest 
daughter lives with her parents in 
Israel, while their three older chil¬ 
dren are: an artist in New York, a 
lawyer in Oregon and a market¬ 
ing executive in San Francisco. 

He also writes, "I have very fond 
memories of Columbia and I am 
glad to help out when the oppor¬ 
tunity arises." 

Larry Kobrin is living proof 
that you can go home again. 

When he graduated from law 
school he went to work for the 
firm of Cahill, Gordon & Reindel. 
After a 20-year hiatus, he 
returned to that firm as a senior 
real estate partner. He and his 
wife Ruth have three children. 


Their oldest son is now teaching 
in Israel. Larry has been a mem¬ 
ber of the executive committee at 
the Ramaz School and he is now 
heading up our 40th reunion gift 
efforts. 

There were bits and pieces from 
our reunion ... Max Pimer com¬ 
ing up from Houston and looking 
fit as he did during our college 
days . . . Leo Cirino, after retire¬ 
ment from Norden, is now teach¬ 
ing physics in Westport, Conn, 
and steering the bright young¬ 
sters to Columbia ... Marc Ross, 
heading up the history depart¬ 
ment at Great Neck High School 
on Long Island and looking for¬ 
ward to retirement... Dick 
Hobart, loving his work in 
Binghamton, N.Y. and finding the 
time to become nationally and 
internationally ranked in compet¬ 
itive off-shore power boat racing 
... Dick Kameros, having retired 
from Exxon after 37 years, is bal¬ 
ancing teaching at the Rutgers 
Graduate School of Management 
and doing some management 
consulting with travel, golf and 
tennis ... Herb Wittow, enjoying 
the attention from investment 
advisors after many years of 
being on the other side of the 
desk. Incidentally, Herb and 
Sandra came in from Denver and 
are both looking great... contin¬ 
uing my saga of "going to the 
dogs," I was recently elected del¬ 
egate from the Golden Retriever 
Club of America to the American 
Kennel Club. 

Please write or call me about 
what you are doing. We would all 
be very happy to hear from you. 


Gerald Sherwin 

181 East 73rd Street 
New York, N.Y. 10021 

It looks like the 1994-95 school 
year is shaping up to be one of 
the best in the school's history. 
The Class of 1998 is probably the 
"choicest" in some time. Appli¬ 
cations were up 16 percent, sec¬ 
ond highest in the Ivy League. To 
show the selectivity of this group, 
only 24 percent of those students 
applying to the College were 
offered admission (a number 
equal to both Yale and Stanford). 
The school is as rich as ever. One 
of the major highlights as we 
move forward will be the celebra¬ 
tion of the 75th anniversary of the 
Core Curriculum. The Core, 
which was introduced in the fall 
of 1919, will be the focal point for 
two key happenings in 1994 and 
1995. This year the Alexander 
Hamilton Awards Dinner will be 
held in November at the Museum 
of Natural History in the Whale 
Room. Jacques Barzun '27 will 
represent all tenured faculty in 
receiving this coveted award in 


honor of the 75th anniversary. In 
April 1995, Dean's Day will be 
devoted entirely to the Core 
Curriculum. Make your plans 
now. 

The Class has begun the 
groundwork for the 40th reunion 
which will be held on campus 
June 2-4,1995. An initial meeting 
was held in Ezra Levin's office in 
midtown Manhattan for prelimi¬ 
nary discussion of events and 
some fundraising activities. 
Attending were Jim Gherardi, 
Alfred Gollomp, Roland Plottel, 
Bob Brown, Jack Freeman (the 
old engineer), Francis Hughes, 
Howard Loeb (a pleasant sur¬ 
prise), Jay Joseph (our class trea¬ 
surer), and Don Laufer (new 
treasurer of the Society of Colum¬ 
bia Grads). Unable to make this 
session but set to participate in 
future meetings are Monte 
Manee, Dom Grasso, Donn 
Coffee (looking trim and fit at the 
Scholarship Reception), Arthur 
Lieberman, Roger Asch, Ed 
Siegel, A1 Momjian (our man in 
Philadelphia), Bob Kushner, 
Richard Bloomenstein, and Tony 
Blandi. Committees will begin to 
be formed. We are looking to get 
broad participation to make the 
40th a reunion to remember. 
(Wasn't there a song with that 
title?) Dean's Day 1994: once 
again, 1955 had the largest atten¬ 
dance of all the classes. In addi¬ 
tion to the usual suspects, we 
espied Jim McCloskey, Anthony 
Viscusi (busier now since he 
retired), Larry Balfus, Steve 
Bernstein, and Aaron Preiser. 

Ben Kaplan was marked absent 
due to the flu bug. 

We've heard from classmates 
around the country. Jeff Broido 
writes to us from La Jolla, Calif. 
He still skis, runs, plays golf and 
tennis in his spare time. Jeff has 
been working on putting together 
programs for getting rid of chem¬ 
ical munitions in the U.S. and 
Russia. He promises to come east 
for the 40th. Our class must have 
the longest list of professors of 
any Columbia class. There's 
Robert Ash, professor of math at 
the University of Illinois 
(Urbana); Erling Chamberlain, 
professor of math at the 
University of Vermont; Manfred 
Spengler, professor of industrial 
and systems engineering at 
Virginia Tech in Blacksburg; 
Michael Vaughan, professor of 
physics at Northeastern Univer¬ 
sity, and William Wang, profes¬ 
sor of linguistics. University of 
California. This is just a sampling. 
There are more. To be continued. 
In other news from the midwest, 
John Brophy stands as president 
of JA Bro Batteries in Downers 
Grove, Ill.; remember Bruce 
Kreiger?—he's a dermatologist in 






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71 



Fulfilling a dream from his days at Harvard Law School, David G. Trager 
'59 was sworn in as a U.S. District Court Judge in Brooklyn in January. 
Judge Trager comes to the bench after 10 years as dean of the Brooklyn Law 
School; he previously served for a decade as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern 
District of New York. 

A Republican, Mr. Trager was an assistant corporation counsel and a law 
clerk for Judges Kenneth B. Keating and Stanley H. Fuld before becoming 
head of appeals in the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Eastern District. Among 
the cases successfully prosecuted during Mr. Trager's tenure as U.S. 
Attorney, the New York Law Journal noted in a profile, was a civil suit 
against the Nassau County Republican Party for a kickback scheme; he also 
obtained a guilty plea from former City Council finance chairman Matthew J. 
Troy, Jr. for filing a false tax return. As dean of Brooklyn Law, Mr. Trager 
added scholarships and increased the number of full-time professors by more 
than 20, creating a faculty that is half female. During his deanship, he was 
also named by Governor Cuomo as chairman of the State Investigations 
Commission, which gathered evidence used to indict former New York City 
Taxi and Limousine Commissioner Jay Turoff. 

Married and the father of three, Judge Trager indulges his taste for Italian 
opera, particularly Puccini and Verdi, in what spare time he now has: Judge 
Trager is presiding over the trial of Lemrick Nelson Jr., who is accused of 
stabbing to death Yankel Rosenbaum in the racially charged Crown Heights 
case of 1991. 


Warren, Mich.; Judd Posner, 
when last we heard was in 
Cincinnati as a senior scientist for 
the National Institute for Occupa¬ 
tional Safety and Health. We 
know the reunion is on the top of 
their minds. Moving closer to the 
East Coast, Bob Pearlman informs 
us from Madison, N.J. that he has 
left the corporate world and 
joined the patent and trademark 
firm of Darby and Darby in New 
York. Bob continues as adjunct 
professor in the Engineering 
School, teaching a course in "intel¬ 
lectual and industrial property." 
Other notables along the Atlantic 
Coastline: John Crocker in 


Manassas, Va. with IBM as advi¬ 
sory systems engineer; from 
Wilmington, Del., Vincent 
Marino with Dupont (near Aaron 
Hamburger's neighborhood); 
John Newell, working at Hart¬ 
ford Bank and Trust in Connect¬ 
icut; and Nathan Olshin, toiling 
at Xerox in Middletown, Conn. 

Our own Jim Phelan was one of 
the eleven Columbians recently 
awarded the Alumni Federation 
Medal for service to the Univer¬ 
sity. The award was presented at 
the Federation's commencement 
luncheon in May. 

Summer is upon us. Get out the 
sun block. Cover your head. Take 


long walks. Don't forget your 
intake of roughage. A nap in the 
afternoon couldn't hurt you. The 
40th is looming near. Love to 
everyone, everywhere!! 


56 


Alan N. Miller 

250 West 94th Street, 
Apt. 8B 

New York, N.Y. 10025 


Well, a milestone birthday, my 
60th, has come and gone since 
our last communication and your 
philosophical president is trying 
to ascertain if he feels any differ¬ 
ent having reached that advanced 
age. Happy to hear the comments 
of other philosophers. 

April was a busy Columbia 
month for me. In addition to my 
attempt to continue learning with 
the evening alumni courses, this 
term concerning modern China, 
my wife and I went to another 
Dean's Day. There we met and 
had a nice long conversational 
lunch with classmates Bill 
Fischer, John Dole, John Censor, 
Rob Siroty, and Danny Link, 
who were also attempting to revi¬ 
talize those old brain cells. I can¬ 
not possibly recommend these 
two activities with more enthusi¬ 
asm and would love to see more 
of you there in the future. 

Late in the afternoon of April 
12,1 tripped to Alma Mater for 
the Dean's Scholarship Reception 
to see if prolonged interaction 
with the Columbia youth of 
America would make me feel 
younger. As our class representa¬ 
tive, I was very impressed with 
the three Class of 1956 scholars 
and enjoyed a great roundtable 
discussion with about seven stu¬ 
dents in all—it was fascinating 
and informative. I came away 
with a renewed appreciation of 
Columbia College students as a 
diverse, informed, inquisitive and 
generally impressive group. Let's 
send our donations in to get our 
fourth class scholarship recipient. 

After a 60th birthday celebra¬ 
tion in Northern California— a 
most beautiful terrain with great 
hiking, where I told my wife 
another week would have me in 
old clothes growing a beard and 
becoming a pure non-working 
philosopher—it was time for a 
class walk I arranged with Jim 
Shenton '49. On a lovely Sunday 
morning in mid-May about two 
dozen of your classmates and 
families met with the good pro¬ 
fessor in Greenwich Village and 
were again overwhelmed by his 
enthusiasm, which was catching, 
and his extraordinary knowledge 
of the history of the area we 
walked through for about three 
hours. We will do another fasci¬ 
nating walk with Jim in early 
October. 


Well, enough of the written 
word, and let's start thinking of 
our 40th Reunion and being active 
in its planning, even if you live far 
from N.Y.C. So here's wishing 
you all health, happiness and 
maybe a little wealth. 


57 


Robert Lipsyte 

c/o Bobkat Productions 
163 Third Avenue 
Suite 137 

New York, N.Y. 10003 


Two old faves just weighed in; 
Don Clarick, longtime class trea¬ 
surer (I had thought he abscond¬ 
ed) and Nyles "B" Ayers, the 
varsity fencing ace. (Was "B" his 
nickname or grade average?). 

Don and Betty B'59 are enjoying 
Miami Beach, where Don is a 
senior vice-president at IGT 
Services. The kids are all right. 

Rob '86 and his wife are both 
medical residents; Greg is an asso¬ 
ciate at Paul, Weiss in New York, 
and Allison is in New Orleans and 
recently married. 

"B" is in Nashville, the president 
of Scholarship Program Admini¬ 
strators, Inc., a company he 
founded eight years ago to devel¬ 
op and handle the scholarship 
programs of corporations and 
associations. It was a natural pro¬ 
gression for "B", who worked in 
admissions at Columbia and 
Lafayette, directed financial aid 
for Case Western and was presi¬ 
dent of the Tennessee Council of 
Private Colleges. 

Listening to you guys for the 
past two years has been at least as 
much fun and certainly as educa¬ 
tional as some of the courses I 
don't quite remember. Which 
brings up the subject of expanding 
this column into a magazine arti¬ 
cle or more, if enough of you are 
interested. 

It seems as though we were one 
of those turning-point classes in 
an elite but not quite mythic 
(Harvard, Yale, Reed, Bard, etc.) 
college. Lots of doctors and 
lawyers, not a lot of artists, bums, 
government officials, undeserving 
rich. We have worked, not inherit¬ 
ed, and seen our country and our 
professions change profoundly. 

We were tagged "the Silent 
Generation." Was it because we 
had nothing to say, we were satis¬ 
fied, or was it because we had the 
bit in our mouths? 

We are mostly heading toward 
60 now, which is not old anymore. 
But it is a big old number. 

I've been thinking about cook¬ 
ing up a questionnaire, following 
it up with calls and/or visits with 
those who might be interested in 
exploring what happened, who 
we were and what we are now in 
relation to an American promise 
that may have shifted in our time. 












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EricHoltzman (1939-1994): 

He elevated teaching to an art 

by Professor Robert E. Pollack '61 



Editor's note: The suicide of 
Professor of Biological Sciences 
Eric Holtzman '59 on April 6 
deprived Columbia of one of its 
most devoted teachers and schol¬ 
ars. On April 15, family members, 
friends, students, alumni and fac¬ 
ulty gathered in John Jay Lounge 
for an informal memorial service. 
Among the speakers were College 
Dean Steven Marcus '48 and for¬ 
mer Dean Robert Pollack ‘61, 
whose remarks are excerpted here. 

E ric Holtzman and I were 
born within a few months 
and a few miles of each other. 
We were both brought up in 
progressive households. That 
word, now a bit musty, once 
carried great charge: to be "pro¬ 
gressive" meant to take the 
world's ills and injustices as 
personal affronts, to turn one's 
talents to the largest political 
issues of the day, even at the 
expense of one's career. 

Eric elevated the teaching of 
science to an art. In recognition 
of his teaching—a recognition 
filled with the irony he saw in 
almost everything that came his 
way—the Society of Older 
Graduates has voted to award 
him the 1994 Great Teacher 
Award in the fall. The award 
will be posthumous, but the 
decision was not. This award is 
an easy compliment to some, 
suggesting he was just a great 
teacher. But it speaks to much 
greater gifts and deeper com¬ 
mitments than are usually asso¬ 
ciated with blackboards and 
chalk dust. 

Really great teaching— 
inspired, inspirational teaching, 
the sort of teaching you remem¬ 
ber twenty years later—has a 
daunting set of prerequisites. 

To be a great teacher you have 
to know your material inside 
and out. You have to remain 
aware of what has happened in 
the last month, always updat¬ 
ing your lectures, but without 
ever distorting their basic struc¬ 
ture, nor loosening the overall 
coherence of your thoughts. 

You have to work very hard 
and meet a deadline twice a 
week, and never, never have a 


disorganized, punitive class, no 
matter how bad you may be 
feeling. 

The most difficult part of 
being a great teacher is this: 
you have to hold on to two con¬ 
flicting ideals, and meet them 
both. You have to be as territor¬ 
ial about your subject as any of 
your colleagues in the field, 
defending your right to intel¬ 
lectual ownership of all its 
boundaries. Yet you have to be 
totally given over to the tran¬ 
scendent importance of sharing 
what you know with the least 
informed people you are likely 
to meet, young women and 
men who cannot help you in 
your work, and who can only 
thank you properly by their 
later success elsewhere, per¬ 
haps in some unrelated field. 

So it isn't surprising that 
great teachers are rare. They 
have to be both competitive 
and cooperative; they have to 
be proud of their mastery of a 
subject, yet prepared to mea¬ 
sure that mastery only by their 
ability to transfer it to 
strangers. To put it another 
way: a great teacher must be 
rich, but always give away 
everything he has. And that is 
just what Eric did. 

Some words about the kind 
of science he did are in order. 
Eric lived inside the cell, not 
where the genes are, but in the 
cytoplasm, where clean genetic 
instructions give way to a tur¬ 
bulent traffic flow of molecules, 
as the cell builds itself into a 
nerve or a photoreceptor in the 
eye. He took it upon himself to 
map these movements, to 
freeze them in place, so that 
other scientists might, if they 
chose, try to get at the molecu¬ 
lar motors driving the flow. 

The hundreds—thou¬ 
sands?—of physicians who got 
their first taste of rigorous 
analysis from his fabled course 
Cell Biology 3041 were taught 
to think about these problems 
in uniquely creative ways. 

These days it is easier to find a 
biologist committed to the 
direct visualization of cellular 
events. Eric was one of the pio¬ 
neers. 


I cannot close without 
acknowledging another 
irony, this one truly terrible. 
Eric, the student of neurons, 
himself suffered from one of 
the illnesses our neurons are 
prone to, a sickness that proved 
in the end to be fatal. We can¬ 
not honor his great life, his love 
for us all, unless we admit to 
our fear and awe of such ill¬ 
nesses. 

In his memory we should 
also know, and teach, that such 
illnesses are no more the fault 
of their victims than a heart 
attack or stroke would be. All 
of us who loved him did our 
best, but this disease, like too 


many others, will sometimes 
run its course despite all we 
know how to do. 

Those of us like Eric, who 
worry a great deal about the 
abuses of science, must be the 
first to say this: science—good 
science, and only good sci¬ 
ence—offers us any hope of 
understanding, curing and pre¬ 
venting diseases of the sort that 
took his life. The work he 
taught and did, the work of our 
department, the joint work of 
scientists and physicians, must 
go on. 

I believe with all my heart 
that if he were here, he would 
agree with me on this. 















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73 


This is not yet a theory of mine, 
just an idea for exploration. If you 
think it makes any sense at all, 
drop me a postcard. Enough 
postcards, and we'll write 
Contemporary Civilization as '57 
lived it. In time for our, gasp!, 
40th. 


Barry Dickman 

Esanu Katsky Korins & 
Siger 

605 Third Avenue 
New York, N.Y. 10158 

The last round of class notes went 
to press before two Washington 
news items could be included. 
First, as most of you know by 
now, Bemie Nussbaum, in the 
wake of the investigation into 
Whitewater and Vincent Foster's 
death, has resigned as White 
House Counsel. Bemie, who was 
a recipient of a John Jay Award at 
this year's dinner in March, has 
returned as a senior partner of his 
New York City law firm, 

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. 

Second, Morty Halperin, whose 
nomination as Assistant Secretary 
of Defense for Democracy and 
Peacekeeping was withdrawn 
after a Senate battle, was immedi¬ 
ately named by President Clinton 
to the staff of the National Securi¬ 
ty Council, where he will serve as 
Special Assistant to the President 
in charge of promoting democra¬ 
cy and human rights overseas. 
The position is similar to the 
Pentagon job, but does not re¬ 
quire Senate confirmation. 

In a White House ceremony, 
President Clinton honored Bert 
Hirschhom and five other 
"health heroes" for their contri¬ 
butions to improving the health 
of children. Bert, who is v.p. of 
John Snow, Inc. and a visiting 
professor at the Univ. of Minne¬ 
sota, has long been involved in 
research aimed at reducing the 
death toll from dehydration from 
diarrhea and similar diseases, a 
major cause of death in Third 
World countries. 

After almost thirty years with 
the Chicago investment firm of 
Stein Roe & Famham, Marshall 
Front has resigned as senior exec¬ 
utive v.p. and director to join M. 
Jay Trees in starting their own 
investment counseling firm. Trees 
Front Associates Inc. 

Bob Cornell has spent the last 
five years in Paris as deputy sec¬ 
retary-general of the Organi¬ 
zation for Economic Cooperation 
and Development (OECD) and 
says the excitement of his posi¬ 
tion and the city have not yet 
paled. It's a tough job, Bob, but 
somebody's got to do it! 

David Rothman's wife, Sheila, 
is the author of Living in the 


Shadow of Death: Tuberculosis and 
the Social Experience of Illness in 
American History. Dave's fellow 
historian, Gerald Feldman, has 
written The Great Disorder: Politics, 
Economics & Society in the German 
Inflation 1914-1924. 

Dave Zlotnick reports that his 
son Brad is practicing medicine in 
Palo Alto and his son Greg is a 
lawyer in Sacramento. 


Ed Mendrzycki 
Simpson Thacher & 
Bartlett 

425 Lexington Avenue 
New York, N.Y. 10017 

I missed reunion, but I under¬ 
stand it was a great success. 
Please write with your impres¬ 
sions and news, and we'll report 
next time. 


J. David Farmer 

100 Haven Ave., 12C 
New York, N.Y. 10032 
Yet More Class Playwrights 
Department: William Borden 
sends notice (alas, after the fact) 
of Edges, Seven Plays, presented 
last January on Theatre Row in 
New York. 

First, the mini-reunion. Douglas 
Eden and Bob Coppola, room¬ 
mates in Hartley Hall oh-so- 
many-years ago, and wives 
(respectively Janette and Barbara) 
got together in Bob and Barbara's 
Carlsbad, Calif., seaside home 
last August. Douglas and Janette 
came all the way from London, 
and we hear the quality of the 
talk and reminiscence was well 
worth the voyage. 

And now it's time for the news 
of the big reunion. Planning has 
begun for the Class's 35th under 
the leadership of Robert Mach- 
leder (President), Robert Berne 
(Fund Chairman) and Richard 
Friedlander (Program Chair¬ 
man). Your correspondent, in 
fact, is testing the patience of 
CCT's editors in missing his 
deadline by a few days to report 
on the first full meeting of the 
organizational committee. 
Richard has announced the 
schedule of upcoming meetings 
and extends a heartfelt invitation 
to any classmate who'd like to 
attend and join in the planning. 
Meetings will be on September 
22, November 16, January 18 
(now into 1995), March 15 and 
May 10. All begin at 12:15, so 
bring lunch, in his office at Smith 
Barney, 599 Lexington Ave., 22nd 
floor, phone (212) 310-0765. Your 
correspondent will be participat¬ 
ing with pleasure and hopes to 
see some of you. 

After an exciting N.Y. State 
Republican Convention, Herbert 
London emerged as the party's 


candidate for comptroller in the 
fall's election. Herb barely lost 
(some say on less than benign 
parliamentary maneuvering) a 
place on the primary ticket in the 
governor's slot. His presence 
adds a distinctly conservative 
voice to the ticket. You will recall 
that he ran for governor four 
years ago on the Conservative 
ticket and nearly outpolled the 
Republican candidate. 


Michael Hausig 
19418 Encino Summit 
San Antonio, T.X. 78259 
Barry M. Siegel works with The 
Committee of Publicly Owned 
Companies with offices in 
Washington, D.C. and New York 
City. He advises corporate CEO's 
and CFO's on capital market 
issues. Barry and his family live 
in Port Washington, N.Y., and he 
has hopes that his daughters may 
eventually select Columbia as 
their college of choice. 

Avrum Z. Bluming, M.D., was 
recently honored by being elected 
to mastership in the American 
College of Physicians. There are 
only 234 masters in the organiza¬ 
tion, which has a membership of 
more than 80,000. 

Avrum is clinical professor of 
medicine at the University of 
Southern California, and presi¬ 
dent of the non-profit HOPE 
Foundation, whose mission is to 
help people whose lives have 
been touched by loss—of health, 
of independence, of a loved one, 
particularly by cancer. The foun¬ 
dation provides individual and 
group support, educational pro¬ 
grams and information to allevi¬ 
ate the burdens they share. 

Avrum is also chairman of the 
Los Angeles FreeNet, a comput¬ 
er-based medical information 
resource providing interactive 
information exchange among 30 
cities in the United States and 
four foreign countries. 


Ed Pressman 
99 Clent Road 
Great Neck Plaza, N.Y. 
11021 


Sidney P. Kadish 
121 Highland Street 
West Newton, Mass. 
02165 

Spring brought us refreshingly 
warm weather and a new gradu¬ 
ating class, reminding us that we 
stood as new grads too only 31 
years ago. News from our class¬ 
mates has arrived: 

Steve Barcan proudly an¬ 
nounces that he and his wife 
Bettye Grossman Barcan B'66, 
celebrated the marriage of their 


daughter Sara Ellen to Marc 
Douglas Draisen on June 6,1993. 
Son-in-law Marc is a candidate 
for lieutenant governor of 
Massachusetts in the September 
1994 primary. 

Michael J. Intintoli, professor 
of anthropology and sociology at 
Burlington County College, 
Pemberton, N.J., reports that he 
received an NEH study grant for 
research on reconstructing 
Mayan culture. Michael writes, 
"As a graduate of the Class of 
'63,1 continue to hold wonderful 
memories of the years there, and 
the values that were affirmed." 

Gary Rachelefsky, clinical 
professor of pediatrics, UCLA 
School of Medicine, has been 
elected vice-president of the 
American Academy of Allergy 
and Immunology. 

Another doctor, Elias Rosen¬ 
blatt, reports that he serves as a 
captain in the U.S. Navy Medical 
Corps. His current billet is direc¬ 
tor, Naval Medical Doctrine 
Center, located in the Quantico, 
Va. Marine Corps base. Elias has 
lived in Potomac, Md. for the last 
ten years. His wife, Ruth, works 
as administrative director of 
physical medicine and orthope¬ 
dics at Suburban Hospital in 
Bethesda, Md. Elias is a graduate 
of the Naval War College in 
Newport, R.I. 

Hope you had a good summer, 
keep those cards and letters com¬ 
ing, and watch those Patriots in 
the fall. 


Norman Olch 

233 Broadway 
New York, N.Y. 10279 

By all accounts the 30th anniver¬ 
sary reunion was a great success. 
Attendance was high, as was 
enthusiasm for the event. Many 
expressed regrets that a 30th 
reunion comes around ... well, 
only once. 

News from the reunion ques¬ 
tionnaires: Steve Rock, a physi¬ 
cist at American University in 
Stanford, Calif., reports that his 
students "are getting younger 
and younger." Bruce Lefkon is a 
urologist in New Jersey; Jonathan 
Weiss is a professor of French at 
Colby College in Maine, where he 
is also in charge of the college's 
study-abroad programs; Allen 
Collins, director of the depart¬ 
ment of psychiatry at Lenox Hill 
Hospital in Manhattan, writes 
that his years at Columbia 
"remain among the most memo¬ 
rable of my life"; Thomas Lewis 
practices internal medicine in 
Fanwood, N.J.; David Leinsdorf 
practices law in Crested Butte, 
Colo.; Peter Donaldson has been 
appointed the first holder of the 



















74 


Alumni Sons and Daughters 

Fifty-one members of the Class of 1998 and two transfer students are sons and daughters of Columbia College alumni: 


Children Fathers 

Francisco G. Ripley Richard Ripley '72 

East Providence, R.I. 

Providence Ctry. Day 


Children 

Jennifer Bildersee 

Meadowbrook, Pa. 
Abington H.S. 

South Campus 

Stephen A. Blatt 

Palos Verdes Est. 

Calif. 

Chadwick School 

Thomas M. Boes 

Westbury, N.Y. 

Friends Academy 

Elise E. Carey 

Marietta, Ga. 

Walton High School 

Jonathan A. Chang 

Honolulu, Hawaii 
lolani School 

Lee M. Clifford 

Seattle, Wash. 

Lakeside School 

Robyn C. Cohen 

Potomac, Md. 

Winston Churchill H.S. 

Emily J. Donaldson 

Cambridge, Mass. 
Cambridge Pilot School 

Melissa H. Epstein 

Chicago, III. 

Univ. of Chicago 
Laboratory H.S. 

Joanna L. Erman 

Solana Beach, Calif. 
Torrey Pines H.S. 

Mario D. Favetta 

Jersey City, N.J. 

St. Peter's Prep 

Camilla Feibelman 

Albuquerque, N.M. 
Albuquerque H.S. 

Daniel R. Fierman 

Brookline, Mass. 
Brookline H.S. 

Bradley J. Fischer 

Scotch Plains, N.J. 
Scotch Plains-Fanwood 

Benjamin Gardner 

New York, N.Y. 

Horace Mann School 

George S. Garrett 

Montclair, N.J. 
Montclair H.S. 

Justin G. Garrett 

Brooklyn, N.Y. 

Berkeley Carroll School 

Kimberly Glickenhaus 

Panama 

LawrenceVille School 


Fathers 

Robert Bildersee '62 

Gerald Blatt '58 

Lawrence Boes '61 

William Carey '69 

T. Chang '60 

Steven Clifford '64 

Max Cohen '61 

Peter Donaldson '64 

Richard Epstein '64 

Milton Erman '71 

Antonio Favetta '69 

Peter Feibelman '63 

Eugene Fierman '66 

William Fischer '56 

Daniel Gardner '66 

Roland Garrett '64 

Michael Garrett '66 

Keith Glickenhaus '66 


Children 

Matthew Grossman 

Manhasset, N.Y. 
Deerfield Academy 

Amy K. Herbert 

Englewood, N.J. 
Dwight Englewood 

Ruth S. Hollander 

New York, N.Y. 
Columbia Grammar 
& Prep School 

Eric W. Hopp 

Cos Cob, Conn. 
Brunswick School 

John T. Hynes 

Tenafly, N.J. 

Tenafly H.S. 

Matthew B. Katz 

Falmouth, Maine 
Falmouth H.S. 

Shana R. Katzel 

Rochester, N.Y. 
Brighton H.S. 

Anne E. Keisman 

Philadelphia, Pa. 
Shipley School 

Lyla C. Kerzner 

Duxbury, Mass. 
Duxbury H.S. 

Suehyun C. Kim 

Voorhees, N.J. 

Groton School 


Rebecca J. Nash 

Fanwood, N.J. 

Scotch Plains-Fanwood 

Andreas C. Neuman 

New York, N.Y. 

Horace Mann School 

George F. Omura 

Mountain Brook, Ala. 
Mountain Brook H.S. 

Sara F. Pedersen 

Derwood, Md. 

Richard Montgomery 

Lesley M. Porcelli 

Staten Island, N.Y. 
Staten Island Technical 

Courtney E. Porter 

Bedminster, N.J. 
Deerfield Academy 


Fathers 

Jerome Grossman '61 

John Herbert '69 

Charles Hollander '55 

Dale Hopp '58 

Terence Hynes '65 

Saul Katz '63 

Lester Katzel '65 

Robert Keisman '45 

Stephen Kerzner '72 

Chinhyun Kim '58 


Stanley Nash '61 

Lawrence Neuman '63 

George Omura '58 

Robert Pedersen '71 

Joseph Porcelli '55 

Dean Porter '71 


Sari B. Rosenberg 

Summit, N.J. 

Summit H.S. 

Beth E. Roxland 

Bay side, N.Y. 

Bronx Science 

Thomas E. Sanford 

Bronxville, N.Y. 
Bronxville H.S. 

Denise D. Savini 

Wheaton, III. 
Glenbard South H.S. 

Shira D. Schnitzer 

Rockville, Md. 
Charles E. Smith 
Jewish Day School 

Erica A. Siegel 

Arlington, Va. 

N. Virginia 
Community College 

David A. Sobelsohn 

Encino, Calif. 

Buckley School 

Nathaniel Strauss 

Newton, Mass. 
Newton South H. S. 

Rebecca Teitelbaum 

St. Louis, Mo. 
Washington Univ. 

Robert P. Travis 

Rochester, N.Y. 
Greece-Athena H.S. 

Jonathan B. Tua 

McLean, Va. 

St. Stephen's School 

Aaron M. Unger 

Miami Beach, Fla. 
Ransom-Everglades 

Lisa S. Weingarten 

Chappaqua, N.Y. 
Horace Greeley H.S. 

Matthew Yospin 

Newton, Mass. 
Newton North H.S. 


William Carey '42 
Roy Glickenhaus '39 
William Sanford '30 
Harold Unger '46 


Gary Rosenberg '69 

Gary Roxland '62 

Thomas Sanford '68 

Donald Savini '61 

Jonathan Schnitzer '69 

Robert Siegel '68 

Bernard Sobelsohn '67 

Walter Strauss '58 

Steve Teitelbaum '60 

Robert Travis '62 

Benjamin Tua '63 

Stephen Unger '72 
Donald Weingarten '65 

Richard Yospin '70 


In addition, the following alumni are proud 
grandfathers of this year’s legacies: 


Mathilde G. Lewis John Lewis '69 

Paris, France 
Ecole Active Bilingue 

Daniel J. Machleder Robert Machleder '60 

Bronx, N.Y. 

Horace Mann School 

Karen Mauney-Brodek Theodor Brodek '63 

Atlanta, Ga. 

Henry W. Grady H.S. 











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75 


Ann Fetter Friedlaender chair in 
the humanities at MIT; Paul 
Wolfson is associate professor of 
mathematics at West Chester 
University in Pennsylvania; 

Henry Kaplan is chairman of the 
department of ophthalmology at 
Washington University in St. 

Louis; Peter Kolchin is professor 
of history at the University of 
Delaware and author of the high¬ 
ly praised book American Slavery, 
1619-1877; Melvyn Kassenoff is 
director of patent and trademark 
affairs at Sandoz Corp. in East 
Hanover, N.J., Fred Levine is o 

chairman of cardiothoracic '§ 

surgery at Albert Einstein Medi- 
cal Center in Philadelphia; & 

Richard Waldinger is a computer 
scientist in Palo Alto, Calif.; 

Martin Weinstein is professor of 
political science at William 
Paterson College in N.J.; Daniel 
Lilie is a consulting and clinical 
psychologist in Wilmette, Ill.; 

Hal Freedman is a realtor in San 
Francisco, and Clifford Gordon 
is a real estate executive in 
Milford, Mass. 

Finally, Ivan Weissman and 
wife Jane are the proud parents of 
newborn Jesse. 

More next issue. Stay in touch. 


Leonard B. Pack 

924 West End Avenue 
New York, N.Y. 10025 
Brian Fix writes from London 
that he is heading his law firm's 
Warsaw and Kiev offices in a 
growing Central and East 
European law practice, with 
offices in Moscow, St. Petersburg, 
Paris, London and New York. 

Stephen Strobach trumps Brian 
by reporting that he is now living 
in Nepal with his wife, Naty. 
Stephen is setting up a new pro¬ 
gram for sustainable, community- 
initiated and -controlled, 
grass-roots development. His 
organization, PLAN International 
(known as Child Reach in the 
U.S.A.) is reorienting its pro¬ 
grams to better impact on long¬ 
term poverty's root causes by 
letting the people most affected— 
the poor themselves—lead in 
their joint efforts to build a better, 
more just future. 

Brian and Stephen will have far 
to travel in order to attend our 
class's 30th Reunion in June 1995. 
If you live any closer to Columbia 
(and even if you don't), you 
should make plans to attend. 
Meanwhile, keep the information 
flowing to your ever hopeful 
class correspondent. 



John Huemer '65, the Lions’ assis¬ 
tant wrestling coach, received the 
Alumni Athletic Award at the 73rd 
annual Varsity "C" Club awards 
event in May. Mr. Huemer joined 
the Columbia staff as a volunteer in 
1973 at the behest of then head coach 
Ron Russo and has spearheaded 
recruiting efforts for the wrestling 
varsity, one of the Ivy League's 
perennial powers. He was a pioneer 
in computerizing the recruiting 
process 15 years ago, an interest he 
also brings to his career as a junior 
high school English and social stud¬ 
ies teacher in Parsippany, N.J. and 
as chairman of the New Jersey 
Computer Club. 

Mr. Huemer's uncle, the late 
Robert W. Watt '16, was one of 
Columbia's first athletic directors 
and is credited with recruiting Lou 
Gehrig '25. Mr. Watt, who later 
served as a University Trustee, 
received the Alumni Athletic Award 
in 1954. 


Stuart M Berkman 

24 Mooregate Square, 
N.W. 

Atlanta, Ga. 30327 
The George Polk Award for busi¬ 
ness reporting has been won by 
Paul Nyden, of the Charleston 
(W.V.) Gazette, for a series called 
"Cornfield Contracts: Mining at 
What Price?" Paul wrote about 
the failure of two major coal com¬ 
panies to pay $200 million in 
wages, taxes, environmental 
fines, and worker's compensation 
premiums. 

Charles Potter is currently asso¬ 
ciate professor of film and televi¬ 
sion (adjunct) at New York 
University. In 1993, he won an 
Audie Award for best drama¬ 
tization on audio cassette for A 
Mule for Santa Fe, a story by Louis 
L'Amour. In addition, he 
received the American Historians 
Association John O'Connor 
Award for the best history film of 
1993, and also a silver Hugo 
award from the Chicago Film 
Festival Intercom '93, both for his 


sound-track direction of Heaven 
Will Protect the Working Girl. 
Further, Charles directed the 
audio installment of The Audio 
Cafe, which is part of the perma¬ 
nent core exhibition at the newly 
re-opened Jewish Museum in 
New York. He also returned to 
the Midwest Radio Theater 
Workshop at KOPN in Columbia, 
Mo. to direct Irresistible, a live 
broadcast radio drama, and to 
direct several workshops there. 

Neal H. Hurwitz sends warm 
greetings, especially to Bob 
Myerson, Lenny Ellis '67 and 
Arthur Knauert. "I'm still doing 
Israel-related fundraising and 
advocacy, and also work with the 
A.L.S. (Lou Gehrig's disease) 
Association from offices in New 
York, where I am a professional 
fundraising and organizational 
development consultant. I was 
delighted to see that Ira 
Katznelson is coming back to 
Columbia from the New School. 
A great gain for the political sci¬ 
ence department!" Neal would 
love to hear from classmates on 
Prodigy, or fax (212) 222-5887. 


Kenneth L. Haydock 

1500 Chicago Avenue, 
#417 

Evanston, Ill. 60201 


Ken Tomecki 

2983 Brighton Road 
Shaker Heights, Ohio 
44120 

As expected (forever the cynic), 
the inevitable finally happened— 
the mailbag was empty (ugh), 
really. Nothing, nada, zilch; not 
even a postcard or an obit. So be 
it. 

But given the opportunity and 
the space, hear ye! hear ye! ... 
Peter Tomecki (a.k.a. the kid) 
graduated from high school, 
specifically Hawken School 
where he did very well scholasti¬ 
cally and athletically, with base¬ 
ball as his forte. He'll begin his 
college career at Skidmore in the 
fall. His proud parents wish him 
well. Way to go, Peter. 

If inclined, keep in touch; call or 
write (a postcard will do—a few 
words and $.19). If possible, sup¬ 
port the college fund of the col¬ 
lege of your choice. 


Michael Oberman 

Kramer, Levin, Naftalis, 
Nessen, Kamin & Frankel 
919 Third Avenue, 

40th Floor 

New York, N.Y. 10022 

Our class is, and likely always 
will be, remembered for the tur¬ 
bulence of our undergraduate 
days. But for many of us, and for 







the Columbia administration, we 
now have an additional distinc¬ 
tion: our class completed one of 
the best 25th reunions ever. 
Reflecting this accomplishment. 
President Rupp, at the closing 
convocation, referred to the 
"Mighty Class of 1969" in a spirit 
far different than his predecessors 
thought of us two and a half 
decades ago. 

Reunion weekend, June 3-5, 
was by objective measures a great 
success. Throughout the planning 
efforts, we hoped for broad par¬ 
ticipation at the reunion and a $1 
million gift—and both goals were 
achieved. About 100 of our class¬ 
mates participated in all or part of 
the weekend's events, coming 
from near and far. With family 
members (and the coordinated 
reunion of the Class of '69 from 
Engineering), there were well 
over 200 participants. Among 
accompanying children, we 
ranged from Robert Brookshire's 
daughter, Devon (5 weeks, 5 
days) to Mark Drucker's son, 
Michael (24). By June 4, our class 
had raised current donations and 
five-year pledges to the College 
in excess of $1 million. 

The objective success of the 
reunion is easiest to report. Of 
equal, if not greater, impor¬ 
tance—but far harder to 
express—was the interpersonal 
success of the reunion. Over the 
course of several days, I felt and 
witnessed friendships being 
renewed and deepened. Brought 
back to familiar surroundings, 
classmates after varying periods 
of separation from each other 
revived memories of student 
days and learned of develop¬ 
ments over time. The mood was 
high, and the camaraderie appar¬ 
ent. On top of it all, we enjoyed a 
very atypical stretch of perfect 
weather for the entire weekend. 

As a prelude to the on-campus 
events, the class sponsored a the¬ 
ater party on June 2. Some two 
dozen classmates and guests saw 
the much acclaimed revival of 
Guys and Dolls. The reunion 
began Friday night with a cock¬ 
tail reception in the elegance of 
Starr Library in Kent Hall. 
President Rupp, taking a recess 
from a trustees' meeting, joined 
in the initial welcome of our class. 
Our alumni class president, Joe 
Matema, officiated and captured 
the sentiments that were emerg¬ 
ing. An all-class Mardi Gras din¬ 
ner, with dancing, followed 
under a tent on South Lawn. 
Mercifully, our group of tables 
was surrounded by the Class of 
1964 on one side and the Classes 
of 1959,1954, and 1949 on the 
other sides and beyond. It was 
comforting not to be the oldest 
farts on campus. 














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Invited to address a panel discussion on the role of the individual in society, as 
part of his class's 25th reunion in June, Robert Friedman '69, the special 
projects editor of New York Newsday, began by describing his personal 
journey. 

"Actually, I never got very far geographically ," said the former Spectator 
editor. "I have lived all these years on the Upper West Side—less than a mile 
from where I studied Homer and Sophocles as a freshman. Nor have I wan¬ 
dered romantically: I'm still married to the same woman I met in a literary 
criticism class my senior year at Columbia. And," he added, "although I've 
switched jobs a few times,"—including a stint as editor of the Village 
Voice— "I haven't changed much professionally either: I'm still working as 
an editor at a daily newspaper in New York, still engaged in the journalist's 
Sisyphean task of exposing injustice." 

And, he explained, it is this commitment, which led him to be a radical 
opponent of the "unjust" U.S. role in Vietnam, that today makes him a vocal 
proponent of American intervention in Bosnia and Rwanda. Mr. Friedman 
said, "Is it too much to ask that a president who graduated from college at the 
same time we did, who was shaped by the same historical forces we were, lead 
our country in a new direction, taking a stand for human rights and against 
genocide?" 


Classmates received on registra¬ 
tion an inscribed reunion exercise 
bag, with a Class of 1969 reunion 
mug, Columbia T-shirt and 
Columbia hat. Eric Witkin coordi¬ 
nated these reunion favors. The 
25th Reunion Directory, prepared 
under the supervision of Howard 
Chan, was distributed throughout 
the weekend. 

On Saturday morning we had 
two panel programs. I moderated 
a session on life at Columbia 
today. Roger Lehecka '67, now 
Dean of Students (and Assistant to 
the Dean in our senior year), 
spoke of the differences and simi¬ 
larities between our time on cam¬ 
pus and today. Dwight Elliston, a 
political science major from 
Jamaica, and Joanna Giuttari, a 
classics major from New Jersey, of 
the Class of 1996 (which can trans¬ 
pose and use our '69 numerals for 
its reunions) offered the perspec¬ 
tive of current students. Adding 
special wisdom, insight and 
warmth was our classmate Larry 


Koblenz, who (as previously 
reported) has sold his medical 
practice and is enrolled in the G.S. 
master's degree program in 
American studies. Am Howitt 
moderated a panel that explored 
the ability of government to meet 
our nation's needs and the percep¬ 
tions about that ability, in each 
case comparing our student days 
and the present. Am is currently 
executive director of the Taubman 
Center for State and Local 
Government at Harvard's JFK 
School of Government. Joining 
Am in a spirited and stimulating 
discussion were Jerry Nadler, 
who is completing his freshman 
term in the House of Repre¬ 
sentatives; Bill Bonvillian, who 
serves as director of legislative 
affairs for Senator Lieberman; and 
Rob Friedman, who continues his 
distinguished career in journalism 
as special projects editor of New 
York Newsday. 

Saturday's class lunch in the 
School of International Affairs fea¬ 


tured remarks by Herman 
Badillo, formerly a Congressman 
and deputy mayor of New York 
and now special counsel to the 
mayor for the fiscal oversight of 
education. Mr. Badillo spoke on 
the need for meaningful stan¬ 
dards to be met by all graduates 
in the city's school system, in¬ 
stead of social promotion pro¬ 
grams and grade inflation. Nick 
Garaufis was our gracious mod¬ 
erator for the event. 

The most attended event was 
Saturday's cocktail reception and 
dinner in Low Library. As re¬ 
union chairman John Marwell 
quipped, one way or the other 
our class was going to have Low 
Library for our reunion dinner. 
John also observed that 80 per¬ 
cent of classmates responding to 
the directory questionnaire listed 
their families as their proudest 
achievement. President Rupp and 
Dean Marcus '48 (as well as Dean 
Auston of Engineering and 
Applied Science) addressed the 
group. Richard Rapaport pre¬ 
sented the class gift (in the form 
of a 3' x 5' mock check) to Presi¬ 
dent Rupp and Dean Marcus. The 
money will be used to fund a sec¬ 
ond Class of 1969 scholarship (the 
first was funded by our 20th 
reunion gift) and an endowment 
for library resources for the core 
curriculum, with additional 
money left for the College Fund. 
Richard also announced that the 
leadership gifts will fund two 
additional scholarships and two 
undergraduate summer research 
internships, one in science and 
one in music. The Kingsmen 
entertained us at dinner Satur¬ 
day, as they had for cocktails on 
Friday. Following dinner, all 
classes were invited to highlights 
of the 100th Varsity Show. 

The reunion concluded with 
breakfast and a convocation for 
all classes addressed by President 
Rupp and Deans Marcus and 
Auston. Dean Marcus presented 
the Dean's Pin to the Reunion 
Committee: Howard Chan, Nick 
Garaufis, John Marwell, Joe 
Matema, Richard Rapaport, Eric 
Witkin and Michael Oberman. 
While we each were recognized, 
the success of the reunion would 
not have been possible without 
the contributions of John Mar¬ 
well and Richard Rapaport. John 
organized and took charge last 
summer of an ad hoc committee; 
he worked hard with obvious 
fondness for the task and it was a 
true pleasure to have the chance 
to collaborate with him. Richard's 
personal generosity and his 
unstinting efforts to bring out the 
generosity in fellow classmates 
were vital to meeting the goal for 
our class gift. 

The efforts of our class were 


strongly supported by Jim 
McMenamin, Dean of College 
Relations, and his colleagues 
Abigail Franklin, Ilene Markay- 
Hallack and Larry Momo '73. We 
owe special thanks, as well, to 
Janet Frankston '95, who (among 
many helpful tasks) put the direc¬ 
tory together. 

The 25th Reunion is probably 
the milestone event for alumni, as 
much as many of us would like to 
replicate the weekend on another 
occasion. Apart from the memo¬ 
ries of the event, our class gift 
will endure. And the class's lega¬ 
cy now also includes the follow¬ 
ing alumni offspring in the 
College: Elise Carey, Mathilde 
Lewis, Mario Favetta, Shoshana 
Gillers, Amy Herbert, Heather 
Lynne Jensen, Shira Schnitzer, 

Sari Beth Rosenberg, Constantine 
S. Dimas, and Kahrna Camille 
Stimley. 

In his convocation remarks. 
Dean Marcus urged all to contin¬ 
ue their ties to the College by 
attending not just reunions but 
Dean's Day and special events 
and by financial support. Greater 
geographic diversity on campus 
over time and alumni relocations 
have given rise to local alumni 
groups world-wide. Those class 
members not living in the metro¬ 
politan New York area were 
urged to become involved (al¬ 
most) wherever they live. CCT is 
a further link among us, and I 
urge all classmates—especially 
those not represented in the 
directory—to share their news. 
(For those who did not attend 
the reunion, copies of the direc¬ 
tory may be obtained by contact¬ 
ing the Alumni Office.) 


Peter N. Stevens 
12 West 96th Street, 2A 
New York, N.Y. 10025 
The mailbag is light, but the news 
is good both from near and far: 
Close to home, Charles Linzer, 
who is a colleague of mine at 
Bristol-Myers Squibb, has been 
appointed vice president and 
senior counsel in Bristol's phar¬ 
maceutical research institute and 
worldwide strategic business 
department. From afar, Bemie 
Josefsberg from Olympia, Wash, 
wrote, "It's been a bountiful year 
for us, probably attributable to 
the residual impact of the Core 
Curriculum. I was awarded my 
doctorate from Teachers College. 

I was named principal of Pascack 
High in Montvale, N.J. and will 
therefore be heading back East. 
We'll be returning with Lily, our 
eight-month-old daughter, whom 
we first saw last month when we 
went to China to pick her up." It 
will be great to welcome Bernie 
back to Baker Field this fall. 














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77 



Leon Assael '71, D.M.D. has been 
named professor and head of the 
department of oral and maxillofacial 
surgery at the University of 
Connecticut Health Center; his is a 
joint appointment of the UConn 
Dental School and the department of 
surgery of the UConn School of 
Medicine. Dr. Assael leads both the 
academic and clinical programs at 
the health center's John Dempsey 
Hospital, and at Hartford Hospital 
and the V.A. Medical Center in 
Newington, Conn. 

Dr. Assael earned his dental 
degree at Harvard in 1975 and 
served a residency at Vanderbilt. He 
has written and edited numerous 
books on facial disorders and tumors 
of the jaw, as well as dozens of 
abstracts and articles on internal 
fixation of bones of the mouth; one of 
his ideas led to the invention of a 
new device for stabilizing broken 
jaw bones. Among his honors is the 
Outstanding Service Award of the 
N.Y. State Society of Oral and 
Maxillofacial Surgeons in both 1988 
and 1989. Dr. Assael and his wife 
Linda live in Farmington, Conn, 
and have three daughters, Rachel, 
Jeanne and Julia. 


Pre-25th-Reunion activities are 
already under way. You will hear 
from me and others working on 
this once-in-a-lifetime event 
directly about the events planned 
and the need for your involve¬ 
ment. Stay tuned. 


Jim Shaw 

139 North 22nd Street 
Philadelphia, Pa. 19103 
Ken Cowan writes that he has 
been living in Singapore since 
January 1989, and is currently 
general manager of Sanofi 
Winthrop, a worldwide pharma¬ 
ceutical joint venture between 
Eastman Kodak and ELF Sanofi 
of France, in both Singapore and 


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

The Uptown Horns, including 
Arno Hecht, are a four-member 
group selected by The Rolling 
Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Billy 
Joel, Joe Cocker, REM, Robert 
Plant, Aretha Franklin, Pat 
Benetar, J. Geils Band, Natalie 
Cole, B. B. King, James Brown, 
the B-52's, Buster Poindexter, and 
lots of others to be part of their 
recording and/or touring bands. 

The Homs recently released 
their first American CD, The 
Uptown Horns Revue (Collector's 
Pipeline Records, 516/935-4018). 
This particular work I'd charac¬ 
terize as rhythm & blues, some¬ 
times with a swinging big-band 
sound (created by just four 
horns), with a rock 'n' roll edge. I 
just listened to it three times and 
I'm still pumped. 

The Horns have made their 
mark by blending into the bands 
that hire them. In this CD they 
have done the same in reverse. 
While it is "their" album, and 
while they wrote seven of the ten 
cuts, The Horns have on each cut 
selected Albert Collins, Ben 
Houston, Bernard Fowler, Soozie 
Tyrell, Peter Wolf or Keith 
Richards as a featured performer. 
That's why it's the Revue. 

My favorite song title: "Odds 
are Good that the Goods are 
Odd." Go into your favorite 
record store and ask for it. 


Paul S. Appelbaum 

100 Berkshire Road 
Newton, Mass. 02160 

You may have seen the recent 
article in The New York Times 
headlined: "Lessons in hoops and 
hearts in teams of two races— 
Gerard Papa battles the odds to 
keep the Flames alight for boys to 
follow to manhood." Since 1979, 
when he left a Wall Street law 
firm, Gerard has been working 
full-time as director of the Flames 
basketball program, helping more 
than 6,000 boys from parishes in 
Bensonhurst and Coney Island in 
Brooklyn. At any time, 400 kids, 
ages 4 to 20, are enrolled in the 
program. Gerard has fought for 
two decades to get funding for 
his teams, and to bridge the gap 
between white and black players 
and communities. His trials have 
included constant financial pres¬ 
sures, and a beating he suffered 
in 1986 at the hands of the police 
("mistaken identity" was the 
explanation) that left him with 
severe injuries. Brooklyn's district 
attorney epitomized his efforts in 
this way: "Gerard could probably 
make a ton of money as a lawyer. 
Instead he chose to devote his life 
to these kids. In every sense, he's 
a healer." 


John "Jocko" Marcellino '72, one 

of three remaining members of the 
legendary doo-wop group Sha Na 
Na, recently returned to the site of 
the group's first national appearance 
as part of Bethel '94, the 25th 
anniversary commemoration of 
Woodstock. Although poor ticket 
sales forced the cancellation of the 
concert, which was scheduled for 
August 12-14, fifty thousand fans 
still gathered to hear some of the 
artists who showed up anyway. As 
with the original Woodstock, there 
were logistical snafus; Jocko had to 
park his rented car five miles away 
and walk the rest of the way to the 
stage. "After 25 years it felt great to 
have mud from [Max] Yasgur's 
farm back on my blue suede shoes," 
he said. 

When not touring with Sha Na 
Na to the tune of 100 performances 
a year, Mr. Marcellino is keeping 
busy with several film and television 
projects. With Alan Sacks he is pro¬ 
ducing a contemporary African- 
American fraternity dance film 
entitled Steppin' for Hemdale 
Films; as associate producer he has 
developed, with Longbow 
Productions, a Civil War drama 
now being written for MGM. As an 
actor, he was recently in two 
episodes of Shelly Long's new CBS 
series Good Advice and made a 
guest appearance in the Fox show 
Herman's Head. 


On other fronts, Alexander P. 
Waugh, Jr. was promoted last 
September to executive assistant 
attorney general in the New Jer¬ 
sey Dept, of Law & Public Safety. 
He has oversight responsibility 
for the department's civil divi¬ 
sions, including the divisions of 
law, civil rights, and consumer 
affairs. 

John H. Dawson, Carolina 
Research Professor in the depart¬ 
ment of chemistry and biochem¬ 
istry and the medical school at 
the University of South Carolina, 
received the school's 1993 basic 
science faculty research award. 


He was cited for his work in bio¬ 
inorganic chemistry on iron-con¬ 
taining enzymes that activate 
molecular oxygen for metabolic 
reactions. In the past year, John 
has spoken at international meet¬ 
ings in Tokyo and Lisbon, and 
was appointed chair of the bio¬ 
chemistry and structural review 
panel of the Howard Hughes 
Biological Sciences Predoctoral 
Fellowship Program. 

And your correspondent, Paul 
Appelbaum, is pleased to say 
that his latest book, Almost a 
Revolution: Mental Health Law and 
the Limits of Change, has just been 
published by Oxford University 
Press. The book reviews the 
mental health law reforms of the 
1970's, examining the factors that 
account for the difference be¬ 
tween law on the books and the 
ways in which mentally ill peo¬ 
ple are dealt with by the mental 
health and legal systems. 

[Due to a transcription error, we 
mismatched two lawyers and 
their new firms in the last issue. 
James J. Sabella is now a partner 
at Brown & Wood, while Joseph 
D. Pope is a partner at Bryan 
Cave, both in New York. 
Apologies to all.—Ed.] 


Barry Etra 

326 McKinley Avenue 
New Haven, Conn. 
06515 

By the time you read this, we 
will have survived our 25th high 
school reunions. In turning my 
thoughts to yesteryear, couldn't 
help but remember Gene Santo- 
masso, so recently deceased (as 
reported in the last CCT). He was 
certainly the most entertaining 
teacher many of us ever had the 
pleasure of being taught by, and a 
great person as well. Pardon my 
English—I'm getting emotional. 

Paul Kaliades is alive and well 
and living in Ridgewood, N.J., 
with wife Deborah and three 
kids, Alexis, Stephanie, and 
Charles. He is a v.p. of the 
Kamson Corp., a real estate in¬ 
vestment/management firm. He 
reports that he weighs in at 195, 
and still plays full-court hoops 
twice a week (man after my own 
heart!). Lou Venech is living in 
Sunnyside (Queens, for those of 
you who have forgotten) with his 
wife Christine Hunter and their 
three sons. Lou apologizes for 
Christine being Yale '74, but 
points out that she was Colum¬ 
bia Architecture '78. He's work¬ 
ing as a government and 
community affairs manager at the 
Port Authority of New York and 
New Jersey. 

Fenwick der Bendor runs a col¬ 
lision estimate firm in Pima, Ariz. 

















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Darryl Pinckney '76, the novelist and critic, was recently awarded the 
American Academy of Arts and Letters' Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award 
for distinguished prose. Mr. Pinckney's novel, High Cotton, was published 
in 1992 by Farrar Straus & Giroux; his reviews and essays have appeared in 
a wide assortment of high-brow and popular periodicals, including Vanity 
Fair, The New York Review of Books, The Village Voice, Mirabella, 
Parnassus, The Nation, Vogue, The New York Times Book Review, 
Granta and Newsday. 

Mr. Pinckney, who has been living in England, Germany and the U.S., 
never stopping for very long at any one place — "I've become a sort of bag per¬ 
son," he confesses—briefly returned to Columbia last year to teach in the 
Writing Division of the School of the Arts, where, he says, his students were 
terrific—"and I'm not saying that to be 'upbeat,'" he added. He is at work on 
a collection of essays on African-American literature and stories based on his 
observations about the lives of immigrants in Europe. What intrigues him 
about the latter project is the opportunity it affords "to explore racial ques¬ 
tions in another place," he observes. 


Fen and wife Marcia have two 
boys and they always root for the 
Safford Springs in basketball. 
Morty Sault is already a seasoned 
vet in the U.S. Air Force, having 
completed his 20-year tour of 
duty recently. 

'Das all for now—some corre¬ 
spondence would be nice (and 
refreshing). Smoke 'em if ya got 
'em! 


Fred Bremer 

532 West 111 th Street 
New York, N.Y. 10025 

I used to think that it is only the 
Beatles who would start some¬ 
thing with "It was twenty years 
ago today ..." But, like Sgt. 
Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club 
Band, the Class of '74 is now one 
score old. (Drum roll, please.) 


To celebrate this grand event, 
scores of classmates came back 
to our old stomping grounds to 
relive the days of yesteryear and 
catch up with what has happened 
to old friends. What was amazing 
was the number of classmates 
who were attending their first 
reunion this spring. (Maybe they 
thought F.I.T. '74 was going to be 
there.) 

The memory has grown a bit 
hazy from too many libations, but 
let me try to recall a few of the 
faces I saw of those that had to 
"fly the friendly skies" in order to 
attend. Taking the "red-eye" from 
California were Andrew Wang, 
John Chen, and Phillip Fantasia. 
Coming from near the Windy 
City (a.k.a. Chicago) were Alan 
Rosenberg and Steve Silberman. 
Joel Almquist (from Boston), 


Jonathan Cuneo and Charles 
Tiefer (both from Washington, 
D.C.) shuttled in. I apologize to 
the rest of the long-distance 
travelers whom I have failed to 
mention. 

There were vast numbers of 
classmates who came from the 
greater New York area. The 
demands of work and family 
often meant that we saw different 
faces at each event. Some class¬ 
mates only came for the Friday 
evening cocktails and dinner on 
South Field. A whole new set of 
faces joined us to hear Professor 
Lisa Anderson speak on Middle 
Eastern affairs at the Saturday 
luncheon. The largest gathering 
came at the Saturday night din¬ 
ner, where Harry Coleman '46, 
(Dean of Students while we were 
on campus) was the featured 
speaker. 

After a late night of "the good 
old days" at the West End, it was 
all blurry eyes at the Sunday 
morning brunch under the big 
tent on South Field. The featured 
speaker was College Dean Steven 
Marcus '48, who filled us in on all 
of the changes to campus during 
the last 20 years (such as the 
house system that has brought 
professors-in-residence to the 
dorms) and future plans (espe¬ 
cially the new student center). At 
the end of his speech, he awarded 
Dean's Pins to Fred Bremer, 
Frank Bruno, Dewey Cole, Brad 
Higgins and Warren Stem as 
alumni who had performed "out¬ 
standing services to the College." 

By the time the 20th Reunion 
was finished, all who attended 
experienced a great weekend of 
remembrances of the riots, 
"streaking," Sam Steinberg's 
paintings and "Hoishy Bars," 
and other events of our lives on 
campus. We also vowed to try to 
arrange a few more gatherings of 
the Class of '74 before we come 
back to celebrate our 25th Re¬ 
union just one year before the 
turn of the century. (Just writing 
that makes me feel older than 
Eleanor Rigby . ..) 


George Robinson 

282 Cabrini Blvd., #4D 
New York, N.Y. 10040 

Heard from two of you this 
time. A lawyer and a doctor, of 
course. Neil L. Selinger is living 
near the city, in Larchmont, and 
is now the daddy of "three capti¬ 
vating and enthralling daughters: 
Hannah, Emily and Julia" (who 
just turned one). Professionally, 
Neil celebrated his 17th anniver¬ 
sary at the law firm of Lowey, 
Dunnenberg, Bemporad and 
Selinger last year. He specializes 
in class actions and other complex 
commercial litigation (is there 


such a thing as simple commer¬ 
cial litigation anymore, Neil?). 

Cedric Dumont writes from a 
more exotic locale, Bamako, 
Republic of Mali. After working 
at Columbia for a year, he went 
on to Tufts Medical School, grad¬ 
uating in 1980. He trained at 
Georgetown University Hospital, 
specializing in internal medicine 
and infectious diseases, then 
went on to serve as a Peace Corps 
medical officer in Dakar, Senegal, 
from 1988 to 1990. Since 1990, 
Cedric has been working for the 
State Department as a regional 
medical officer, first in Zaire, now 
in Mali. He is married to Ruth 
Dumont, and I hope she likes to 
travel. 

I also have a little news of my 
own: in June I won one of the 
1993 Simon Rockower Awards 
for excellence in Jewish journal¬ 
ism for a piece I wrote last sum¬ 
mer on Amnesty International's 
annual report. So now I can call 
myself an award-winning jour¬ 
nalist. Of course, if there were 
awards for class notes, I would be 
out of the running, because you 
guys—my collaborators—are so 
hard to work with. Please give 
me a hand and share some news. 


David Merzel 

3152 North Millbrook, 
Suite D 

Fresno, Calif. 93703 
Blaise de Franceaux of 
Alexandria, Va. is the managing 
broker for Prudential Preferred 
Properties in Alexandria, and a 
member of the Columbia College 
Club of Washington, D.C. 

Haven't heard from anyone 
else. Please keep in touch. 


Jeffrey Gross 
11 Grace Avenue, 
Room 201 

Great Neck, N.Y. 11021 


Matthew Nemerson 

35 Huntington Street 
New Haven, Conn. 

06511 

I write this column watching our 
classmate Tony Kushner accept 
his second Tony in as many 
years. Since Tony has won just 
about every award there is for a 
playwright, I was wondering: 
Would it be too much to ask him, 
when he's up at the podium col¬ 
lecting his latest, for him to say 
something like "I owe it all to my ’ 
alma mater," or "Thanks to the 
inspiration I received from the 
Class of '78"? I didn't think so. 
Anyway, keep up the great work, 
Tony. You'll be happy to know 
that puritanical New Haven will 
actually have Angels in America at 





















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79 



Robert E. Martinez '77 was 

appointed Secretary of Transport¬ 
ation for the Commonwealth of 
Virginia earlier this year by 
Governor George Allen. With 
responsibility for the state's depart¬ 
ments of transportation, motor vehi¬ 
cles, aviation, and rail and public 
transportation, Mr. Martinez over¬ 
sees a budget of over $2 billion and a 
staff of more than 13,000. He also 
chairs the Commonwealth Trans¬ 
portation Board, which coordinates 
highway operations, construction 
and maintenance. 

After earning his Ph.D. in politi¬ 
cal science at Yale, Mr. Martinez 
served in the U.S. Department of 
Transportation and was appointed 
by President Bush as Associate 
Deputy Secretary of Transportation 
and director of its Office oflnter- 
modalism. “Intermodalism," Mr. 
Martinez explains, "is concerned 
with increasing efficiency between 
different modes of transportation. 

On the passenger side, for example, 
it might involve providing park-and- 
ride facilities for commuters using 
rail transit." 

A native of Havana, Cuba, Mr. 
Martinez and his wife, Christine, live 
in Richmond with their son, Javier. 


our local theater next year. 

Some family news to report as 
Rob Aldisert sends word that he 
has married Jennifer Shea and 
they have moved to Portland, 
Ore., where he will practice law 
with the firm of Perkins and Coil. 
Michael Glanzer and his wife 
Leslie Gardner had a baby girl, 
Rebecca Kathryn on March 25. 
Congrats. 

Back in June 1993 Calvin Parker 
was married to Andrea Remi 
Solomon '87. Cal at the time was 
working for the City of New York 
as the assistant commissioner of 
Federal affairs and policy in the 
Department of Housing Preser¬ 
vation and Development. Andrea 
was finishing a Ph.D. in English 
at Berkeley. I hope to hear from 


them soon with an update. 

From Mozambique, Chris¬ 
topher Dell writes that his first 
daughter was born in April. 
"She's thriving, despite being in 
one of the world's poorest, least 
healthy countries. We'll be here 
one more year, hoping to push 
Mozambique down the path 
towards its first democratic elec¬ 
tions. From what I've seen of the 
U.N. from here, it does not 
inspire confidence about its place 
as the bedrock of the new world 
order." 

"I have been married to Nadine 
Evans B'79 for 13 years and have 
three children: Jacob six, Adam 
three, and Sarah six months," 
writes Raphael Kieval, who is in 
his fifth year of rheumatology 
practice in Brockton, Mass. 

Job switches include the follow¬ 
ing notes: In his ever-upward 
march to replace both Lou Dobbs 
and Marv Albert as the first two- 
way (biz/sports) electronic jour¬ 
nalist of our generation, Thomas 
Mariam has been promoted to 
director of communications at the 
American Stock Exchange. Tom 
continues to freelance in the 
sports commentary world and I 
promise to take him up on his 
offers of free press-box tickets. 
And a very un-PC job for our 
own Mr. Flollywood, "Let's have 
lunch" Stuart Kricun; he has 
joined Playboy Entertainment 
Group, Inc. as director of busi¬ 
ness and legal affairs. He com¬ 
ments, "Life is tough! Ha-ha." 
The rest of us are having kids and 
Stu is ... oh well. 

Getting involved in the environ¬ 
ment side of law in New Jersey is 
Michael Adelman, who is a part¬ 
ner at Shanley & Fisher, a Morris¬ 
town law firm. Mike has been 
there since 1986. He is assistant 
editor of the environmental 
newsletter of the New Jersey Bar 
Association. He and his wife 
Karen and son Matthew live in 
Morris County. 

Your humble scribe, now enter¬ 
ing his 16th year in service to the 
"sparse of news" Class of 1978, 
has happy news: Marian Chertow 
B'77, and I welcomed our second 
daughter, Joy Chana, into the 
world on March 2. Number one, 
Elana Cecile is now four and 
doing well. Marian continues her 
teaching and public policy career 
at the Yale School of Forestry and 
Environment Studies, and I do 
my best holding together Greater 
New Haven. Come and visit or 
drop a note through the mail or a 
more modern route like e-mail. 


Lyle Steele 

511 East 73rd Street, 
Suite 7 

New York, N.Y. 10021 

Lloyd Carroll is associate profes¬ 
sor of accounting at Manhattan 
Community College. He is mar¬ 
ried to Elisa Zapinsky B'82 and 
writes entertainment articles for 
the Queens Chronicle. Give a look 
for his byline. Ralph Keen teach¬ 
es religion at the University of 
Iowa. He made a pilgrimage back 
to Columbia last fall after receiv¬ 
ing a grant from the National En¬ 
dowment for the Humanities. He 
spent six weeks working in Butler 
Library. At least this time around 
someone paid him to do it! 

Joe Mysak is now working for 
Grant's Interest Rate Observer, 
which is launching a new munici¬ 
pal bond newsletter. Tim Page is 
music critic for Newsday. His col¬ 
lection of Spike Jones recordings 
was recently released by BMG 
Catalyst. Thanks to a classmate, 
"Buggie Baby Boogie," "Frantic 
Freeway" and "Serenade to a Jerk" 
will not be lost to posterity. In 
case you music snobs don't think 
it's a serious venture, consider 
this: the liner notes were written 
by Thomas Pynchon. 


Craig Lesser 
160 West End Ave., 
#18F 

New York, N.Y. 10023 


Ed Klees 

400 East 70th Street 
New York, N.Y. 10021 

I know there's not been too much 
in this column recently, but hav¬ 
ing received a nice cluster of 
items lately. I'm pleased I finally 
have some news to report. Now 
the rest of you, don't be bashful. 
Drop a line. 

Robert Ceccon recently became 
a stockholder in the law firm of 
Richards, Watson & Gershon in 
L.A. Paul Feinman is living in 
Brooklyn. Paul recently was elect¬ 
ed to the board of directors of 
Legal-GNY, New York City's gay 
and lesbian bar association. 
Michael Kinsella is now director 
of product development, eastern 
division, at the Lawyers Coopera¬ 
tive Publishing Company. All of 
the lawyers out there who need to 
bolster their libraries or research 
capabilities, or those in need of 
hearing a good joke, should give 
Michael a call. 

Tod McGrath recently was 
elected a vice president at 
Meredith & Grew, a real estate 
company in Boston. Tod assists 
corporate clients in financial eval¬ 
uation of real estate-related trans¬ 
actions. He has a Ph.D. from MIT. 
Mitch Miller didn't go directly to 


med school—he took time off 
after school ski-bumming out 
west, canoeing through Quebec, 
teaching in the New York public 
schools and elsewhere—but he 
did go to med school, and now 
I'm happy to report that Mitch is 
now Dr. Mitch. This spring Mitch 
graduated from the Medical 
College of Wisconsin in Mil¬ 
waukee, where he (with Mara 
and son Gareth) intends to stay to 
do a residency in family practice. 

James Moche received an MBA 
in finance from the NYU School 
of Business. James is now a man¬ 
ager in the management consult¬ 
ing area of Coopers & Lybrand. 
Gary Spiegel and his wife, Anat 
Levy, welcomed Jaclyn Aimee 
Spiegel into the world on Sep¬ 
tember 2,1993. Gary is currently 
resident counsel for Hearst 
Entertainment in L.A. Steve 
Williams continues to love life in 
London (and why not?), where he 
lives with his family (girl and 
boy). Steve's now a partner at 
Cantor Fitzgerald, which he 
reports is the largest international 
fixed-income and equity broker. 

In closing. I'm deeply saddened 
to have learned recently of the 
death of our classmate, Jeff 
Silver. Jeff had many friends in 
our class, and he is greatly 
missed. 


Robert W.Passloff 

154 High Street 
Taunton, Mass. 02780 
Bruce Topper has joined a radi¬ 
ology group in Las Vegas, while 
Andrew Mulberg has taken a 
position with the University of 
Pennsylvania in the pediatric gas- 
tro-intestinal department. 

Eric Beckson, vice president/ 
CFO of Turnstile Publishing 
Company, will take on addi¬ 
tional responsibilities with his 
recent appointment as general 
manager of Turnstile's Golfweek, a 
weekly golf newspaper. 

L. Stephan Vincze has been 
named senior counsel to the 
Republican staff of the govern¬ 
ment operations committee by 
Congressman Bill Clinger (R-Pa.). 
Steve was awarded the Defense 
Meritorious Service Medal by the 
Department of Defense upon his 
honorable discharge from the 
Marine Corps in May 1993. He 
expects to receive an LL.M. 
degree in international and com¬ 
parative law from Georgetown 
Univ. Law Center in May 1995. 

Conrad Ramos is international 
technical manager for National 
Starch and Chemical in New 
Jersey. He spends about 30 per¬ 
cent of his time traveling, primar¬ 
ily to southern Europe and Latin 
America. Conrad's last trip was 
to South Africa, where he spent a 
















Lights, camera, Spinoza 


I n a world that reserves 
superstar status for 
Hollywood celebrities or the 
slam-dunking heroes of the 
N.B.A., Darren Staloff '83 has 
found another way to be a 
"superstar." That, as it hap¬ 
pens, is the exact honorific 
bestowed upon this young 
assistant professor of history at 
CCNY, in the extensive catalog 
and brochure of The Teaching 
Company, a new enterprise 
that markets audio and video 
taped lectures, mostly in the 
humanities, to a public pre¬ 
sumed (in the brochure) to be 


eager for the intellectual chal¬ 
lenge of "A Well Rounded 
Liberal Arts Home University 
with Top Teachers." 

Each offering consists of 
eight to ten lectures of 45 min¬ 
utes; the video version sells for 
$149.95. The faculty for this 
electronic curriculum includes 
such luminaries as Barnard's 
Professor of Political Science 
Dennis Dalton and Professor of 
French Victor Brombert of 
Princeton. The Teaching 
Company has enjoyed wide¬ 
spread press coverage ("Missed 
College? Hit Rewind"— The 


New York Times) and is, accord¬ 
ing to one company official, a 
growing concern; however, he 
declined to divulge annual 
sales figures. 

With Michael Sugrue, a fel¬ 
low former graduate student at 
Columbia, Professor Staloff 
offers a course listed as "The 
Great Minds of the Western 
Intellectual Tradition." In its 
chronological arrangement and 
choice of thinkers it bears a 
suspicious resemblance to the 
College's famed Contemporary 
Civilization course, which Mr. 
Staloff taught for three years 
and whose inspiration he is 
happy to acknowledge. Com¬ 
menting on the salient differ¬ 
ences between teaching C.C. 
and addressing a studio audi¬ 
ence (aside from all the lights 
and cameras, that is), Mr. 

Staloff observed, "On a good 
day I was never lecturing. C.C. 
in fact should never be a lec¬ 
ture—what I most loved about 
the course was its resemblance 
to Socratic dialogue." 

A history major in the College 
whose intellectual heroes are 
the philosophers Spinoza, 

Hume and Quine, Mr. Staloff 
says that the teachers who 
helped him learn to teach— his 
"superstars", as it were— 
included Professors James P. 
Shenton '49, Eric Foner '63, and 
Alden T. Vaughan, the retired 
scholar of American colonial 
history. 

O.C. 

_ 


little vacation time in Kruger 
National Park "being awakened 
by elephants at 4:30 a.m., sitting 
in a Land Rover 30 yards from 
water buffalo, standing on foot 70 
meters from rhinos, and finally 
seeing (live) a lion snap up an 
impala." Conrad recommends 
this trip to any of you who want 
to change the way you look at the 
world and life in general... or if 
the late night walk down Mom- 
ingside Drive just doesn't cut it 
lately. He also notes that our class 
should never again have "noth¬ 
ing to report." 


Andrew Botti 

459 Crafts Street 
West Newton, Mass. 
02165 

Wayne Root reports that he is the 
CEO of The Universal Frontier, a 
success and motivational pro¬ 
gram that airs on television chan¬ 
nels throughout the country. It is 
aimed primarily at businesses, 
business people and corporate 
executives. Wayne is keeping 


busy making motivational 
speeches and holding seminars at 
large and small corporations from 
coast to coast. Also, the TV 
shows. Proline and Sportsdesk, in 
which he appears as a handicap¬ 
ping expert and analyst, will both 
be seen again next year on USA 
Network. Wayne and his wife, 
Debra, have a two-year-old 
daughter named Dakota, and 
Wayne is happy to report that 
they have all survived the riots, 
earthquakes, fires and mud slides 
in Malibu over the past two 
years. 

Joe Bernstein reports that all is 
well. Joe has just completed eight 
of the required 11 years of post- 
A.B. training to become an ortho¬ 
pedic surgeon. Joe is engaged to 
Lisa Klein (Brown '83, Cornell '89 
M.D.) 

Joe Keeney reports that he now 
lives in Hong Kong, where he 
works for a lingerie manufacturer 
with factories in China, the 
Philippines and Sri Lanka. He 
and his wife, Kate, had a baby 
boy, Joseph Miles, last August. 


Edward Barbini asks, "Why 
can't Columbia magazine be as 
good as CCT?" 

John Rogovin reports that he 
is living in Washington, D.C., 
where he is an attorney working 
in the Justice Department. Last 
September, John was appointed 
Deputy Assistant Attorney 
General in the department's civil 
division. He works chiefly with 
the federal programs section 
which defends the administra¬ 
tion against legal challenges to 
its policies and programs. Before 
that, John was an assistant to 
Attorney General Janet Reno. 
Previously, John served in the 
office of the counsel to the 
President-elect, working in Little 
Rock, Ark. 

Kevin Chapman reports that 
he has been working at the firm 
of Kauff, McClain & McGuire in 
New York City, representing 
management in labor and 
employment matters. In January 
1994, West Publishing Company 
published a new installment in 
its "Desktop Practice" series, of 


which Kevin is the author. The 
publication is K. Chapman, New 
York Employment Litigation 
Practice Forms/FAST (West 1994). 
The February issue of the New 
York State Bar Journal contained 
an article Kevin wrote entitled 
"Drug Testing of Employees and 
Applicants: Legal and Practical 
Considerations for Private 
Employers in New York." 

Mark S. Warner reports that 
his son, Benjamin Warner (6 lbs., 
10 oz.), was born to him and his 
wife, Julia Segal B'84, on July 22, 
1993. 

Yu Jin Ko finished his Ph.D. at 
Yale in 1993 and is teaching now 
in the English department at 
SUNY-New Paltz. Yu would like 
to see the Lion football team 
return to its glory days of hold¬ 
ing the longest losing streak in 
Division I history. 

Mark Licht, M.D. reports that 
he was recently chief resident in 
urology at the Cleveland Clinic, 
and will be a fellow at the Mayo 
Clinic in July. His wife Marjorie is 
an '83 graduate of Engineering. 


Jim Wangsness 
341 Morris Avenue 
Mountain Lakes, N.J. 
07046 

Reunion weekend was a smash¬ 
ing success with over 150 class¬ 
mates and spouses in attendance. 
We were also joined by many 
Engineering alumni as well. The 
festivities kicked off with the 10- 
Year Reunion Golf Tournament, 
hosted by Jim Weinstein at 
Mountain Ridge Country Club in 
West Caldwell, N.J. Jim took the 
gold medal, followed by Jim 
Wangsness with silver, and Dave 
Cavicke with the bronze. 
Although this sounds impressive, 
please note that only three play¬ 
ers participated and only one 
broke the 100 barrier. Although 
David Cavicke had high score, I 
believe that his score would have 
been lower if he had thought he 
was participating in a golf tour¬ 
nament rather than the steeple¬ 
chase. David had delusions of 
being Carl Lewis (the sprinter)— 
unfortunately, he lacked the ath¬ 
letic prowess to successfully jump 
a muddy creek on the back nine. 
Suffice it to say that he brought 
new meaning to the term "tacky 
golf outfit." Highlights of the 
weekend included an '84 vs. '89 
volleyball game, dinner at the 
Faculty House, and an entertain¬ 
ing Varsity Show. Thanks to all 
who worked to coordinate the 
event—especially El Gray (fund¬ 
raising) and Dennis Klainberg 
(class attendance). Finally, The 
Columbia College Fund drive 
also produced record pledges for 
the Class of 1984. 














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81 


Additional news came in from a 
few distant classmates who could 
not attend the festivities. Gary 
Ansel is an attorney with 
Cosgrove, Flynn & Gaskins in 
Minneapolis after getting his law 
degree from Columbia in 1989. 
Gary married his college sweet¬ 
heart, Yvette Helman B'84, and 
they have two boys. Bradley 
Bloom splits his time as a v.p. at 
Teuscher Chocolates of Switzer¬ 
land and as a certified social 
worker. He graduated from 
Columbia's School of Social Work 
in 1986. Stuart Strickland is now 
an assistant professor at North¬ 
western after living in Berlin. 
David's wife teaches at Charles 
University and he has one of the 
shortest commutes—Chicago to 
Prague. Stuart keeps in touch 
with Charles Lester and Jon 
Abbot. Charles received a 
J.D./Ph.D. from Berkeley and is 
an assistant professor of political 
science at the University of 
Colorado at Boulder. Jon is a big¬ 
wig at PBS outside of Washing¬ 
ton, D.C. Finally, Larry Robert, a 
professor at the New England 
School of Law, has been busy 
publishing articles regarding 
international law and politics. 


Richard Froehlich 

357 West 29th Street, 
Apt. 2B 

New York, N.Y. 10001 


Everett Weinberger 

130 West 67th Street, 
#7M 

New York, N.Y. 10023 
Received a letter from Michael 
Gat in Los Angeles, where he is a 
freshly minted MBA from UCLA. 
After Labor Day, he will join Intel 
in financial management in their 
facility outside Portland, Ore. 
Mike is thinking ahead to a possi¬ 
ble rotation in Intel's Israel facili¬ 
ties. He also became a licensed 
pilot. Mike informed us that 
Mark Golder is also in L.A. and 
has recently switched from writ¬ 
ing screenplays (one of his mar¬ 
keting techniques: leaving leaflets 
on the cars at this year's Oscars) 
to working at the Bank of New 
York. 

Henry DeWerth-Jaffe and his 
wife Julie had a baby boy in May 
named Samuel Bernard. They live 
in West Chester, Pa. Henry got 
his law degree at Penn and is cur¬ 
rently practicing corporate law in 
Wilmington, Del. with Morris, 
James, Hitchens & Williams. Con¬ 
gratulations to Saul Fisher, a 
doctoral student in philosophy at 
CUNY, who received a Fulbright 
grant for research in philosophy 
in France. Saul married Mayrav 
Shvartzapel last summer. 


Received word from Peregrine 
Beckman '84 that Edward 
DePalma is a sound mixer at the 
Music Annex in San Francisco, a 
sound studio that specializes in 
commercials. Ted advised 
Peregrine on his thesis film (Fish 
is Our Life: Tokyo's Tsukiji Market), 
as did Joshua Maremont, who 
composed music for the film. 

Keep the news coming, enjoy 
the rest of the summer and try 
not to think about the Knicks and 
what might have been. 


Elizabeth Schwartz 

3099M Colonial Way 
Chamblee, Ga. 30341 
Stacy Burnham wrote in with 
news of her dual career. She prac¬ 
tices employee benefits law as an 
associate with Kirkland & Ellis in 
Chicago. She has also started a 
greeting card company, SBum- 
ham Creations, where she designs 
greeting cards and stationery 
products with African-American 
themes. 

Alissa Burstein received her 
Ed.M. in psychological counsel¬ 
ing in 1989 and then moved to 
Israel. She works in education, 
publishing, and technical edit¬ 
ing. Alissa lives in Bat-Yam with 
her husband, Yizchak Bruchim, 
and their baby, Michael Samuel 
Bruchim, bom August 15,1993. 

Diana Moreinis Nasser is also a 
proud mom. Diana, her husband, 
son Rafael, and daughter, Lydia 
live in Sao Paulo, Brazil. 

Michael Safranek practices law 
in White Plains. He and his wife, 
Susan Lara Padron B'90, have a 
son, Samuel Austin Safranek, 
born August 5,1993. Michael 
graduated from the University of 
Texas Law School in May 1992. 
Lynn Charyton and her husband 
Marc Zweben own a house and a 
dog named Mo in Washington, 
D.C. After working as an attorney 
for the Washington Post for two 
years, Lynn joined the firm of 
Wilmer, Cutler. 

David Yum has moved to San 
Francisco and says he is "enjoy¬ 
ing the big change to the West 
Coast," where he works at an 
architecture firm. Adam D. 
Perlmutter has moved back to 
New York after graduating from 
law school at the University of 
Wisconsin. He is now an associ¬ 
ate at Lord Day & Lord and he 
races on Long Island Sound. 


George Gianfrancisco 

Columbia College Today 
475 Riverside Drive, 
Suite 917 

New York, N.Y. 10027 

Welcome to another exciting edi¬ 
tion of your class notes column. 
Nixon's gone, but I'm still here. 


Matt Sodl wrote me from his 
home on the West Coast. Matt's 
in Citibank's LBO group out 
there. His most recent beach 
party was attended by Dr. Rich 
Ritter, vacationing from points 
east (coast, that is). 

Mike Lavelle just got promoted 
to manager at Anderson Con¬ 
sulting's Cleveland office. The 
company sent me a glossy photo, 
perfect for the wallet. CCT budget 
constraints wouldn't allow print¬ 
ing here. 

Anthony Homof sent me the 
all-time wittiest personalization 
of a NYC postcard. He's pursuing 
a Ph.D. at Michigan. His area of 
interest is human-computer inter¬ 
action. Now if I could only get 
my disk out of the drive. 

Tony Calenda just got engaged 
to Emily Griffin B'89 on The 
Steps. I wonder if security let 
them get away with a celebrato¬ 
ry drink on The Steps? 

Nancy Kauder has one of the 
best return address labels that 
I've ever had the pleasure of 
receiving—"the cow jumped 
over the moon." After finishing 
UPenn vet school in '93, she's 
now in Nashville, married to 
Martin Schreiber '87. Attending 
the nuptials were fellow class¬ 
mates Whitney Connaughton 
Whalen, Sharon Moshavi and 
John McHenry. 

And Dure Savini, glad to hear 
you're finally getting married. 

And so, the curtain comes 
down on yet another installation 
of our saga. Thank you for your 
undivided attention and continu¬ 
ing support. 


Q /'A Amy Perkel 

X 333 East 54th Street, 

U Apt. 2A 

New York, N.Y. 10022 
Our reunion was a major success. 
More than 250 of our closest 
classmates were in attendance. 
Rumor has it this was one of the 
biggest turnouts ever. And I am 
not lying when I report that 
everyone looked great! Even bet¬ 
ter than five years ago, if that's 
possible. I would like to begin my 
first scribble for CCT with the dis¬ 
claimer that this column is com¬ 
piled as accurately as possible, 
from sources believed to be reli¬ 
able, and mostly alphabetically. 
Here we go. 

Mazel tov to John Alex on the 
birth of his daughter Olivia Eliza¬ 
beth, who was seven weeks, one 
day old at the time of reunion. 
Seth Antiles, who recently spent 
three weeks in Cuba as part of his 
Ph.D. studies in political science 
at C.U., will marry Janete Kizer 
'92 in August in Caracas, Vene¬ 
zuela. We understand Seth's 
Spanish is nearly fluent, but 


how's his merengue? We expect 
full reports from Jamie, Omar 
and Pin. Matt "The Ace" Assiff 
just got his "lettas"—MBA—from 
Harvard and will find himself in 
Houston this fall with Texas 
Commerce Bank, doing M&A. 
Mike Behringer knows all, or so 
he told me at Reunion. He reports 
he is happy to be "single" again, 
though he would like to point out 
he was never married. Mike grad¬ 
uated from Univ. of Michigan 
law school and is an attorney in 
New York, ladies. Isaac 
Castaneda just completed the 
executive MBA program at 
Wharton—Wow!—and works at 
Bankers Trust in the strategic 
Latin American equities group. 
Lisa Cosentino runs an educa¬ 
tional program for an AIDS orga¬ 
nization outside of Philly and 
wants to return to school to study 
public health. Dr. Sonya Cvercko 
graduated medical school and is 
a physician in Maryland for the 
Navy. Ashima Dayal, an excel¬ 
lent source of Columbia news 
and gossip, can be found on the 
Morningside campus. She is a 
law student at Columbia. 

How 'bout this beautiful 
Columbia story? Jeff Udell, 
recent Harvard Law grad, is 
clerking for a judge in Brooklyn, 
and who comes in to argue a 
motion before the judge? Chris 
Della Pietra. Both claimed to be 
impressed with the other's 
lawyerly skills. Duchesne Drew 
is a reporter for the Star Tribune 
in Minneapolis; he earned a grad¬ 
uate degree in journalism from 
Northwestern. Sara Dunne— 
surprised to have found a job in 
New York (though we're not, 
Sara)—received her graduate 
degree in architecture from 
Columbia. The night I saw John 
Dwyer, he was suffering from a 
pinched nerve. We hope you're 
100 percent recovered, John. 

Matt Fox and his lovely wife, 
Margarita, are moving to L.A. 
Matt will be starring in a new 
series called Party of Five, pre¬ 
miering this fall on Fox. Russell 
Glober is directing an indepen¬ 
dent short film entitled Break In. 
Anyone interested in contributing 
to or working on the film please 
contact him at (212) 830-8902. 

Neil Gorsuch has no plans or 
plans to make plans to run for 
public office, says Mike. To this 
correspondent he reported he just 
wants to be the best possible 
lawyer. We understand Neil has 
plans to return to Oxford to con¬ 
tinue post-graduate studies. 
Demitri Gounaris is a judicial 
clerk at the Court of International 
Trade. He recently graduated 
from Boston College law school. 
By the lack of power invested in 
me, I would like to make Steve 














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Gustavson '79 an honorary mem¬ 
ber of the Class of 1989. He and 
his classmates —at 4 a.m. at 
Cannon's on Saturday night— 
concluded Jimmy Carter was to 
blame for their class's low 
reunion turnout. Go figure. 
Riding his bike more than 120 
blocks to get to Reunion on 
Saturday was Bo Hansen. He 
trades short-term interest rate 
swaps for IBJ Schroder in New 
York, and was looking very styl¬ 
ish in an all-linen ensemble. 
Wanda Holland was recently 
named dean of students at the 
Chapin School, her alma mater, 
where she also teaches. Dave 
Kansas is a staff reporter for the 
Wall Street Journal. This we 
already knew, since we saw his 
byline on the front page of the 
Money & Investing section in 
June. Dave Keresztes divides his 
time between New York and 
Budapest. He is raising equity for 
Riverside Investments, a fund 
aimed at developing a private 
equity portfolio of Hungarian 
companies. Omar Kodmani has 
moved to Scudder, where he is 
involved in marketing financial 
products to Latin America. Rob 
Kresberg recently ended his post¬ 
graduate worldwide tennis tour 
and can be found working with 
Bid Goswami, Columbia tennis 
coach, at the Westchester Country 
Club. Lisa Landau, a recent 
Harvard MBA, will join Merrill 
Lynch downtown in their global 
capital markets group. Lisa and 
the Ace ran the Boston Marathon 
this spring—donning Columbia 
T-shirts, of course—and got lots 
of encouragement along the way. 

In from the Ukraine, where she 
is putting her SIPA degree to 
good use, was Jane Lee. She 
works on privatization projects 
for the International Financial 
Corporation, an arm of the World 
Bank. I was most impressed by 
Tajlei Levi's flair for matching 
shoes and handbags in really 
bright colors—electric yellow on 
Friday, followed by hot pink 
Saturday evening. Tajlei still lives 
in the penthouse and is still 
lawyering at Fried, Frank. 

Margot Lockwood, back from a 
five-year odyssey in Japan, is an 
MBA/MA fellow at Penn's 
Wharton and Lauder Institute. 
She plans to take advantage of 
her ties to Japan and mastery of 
kanjii in future professional 
endeavors. Attending reunion 
weekend despite finals on Mon¬ 
day was Dan Loflin. We're 
assuming Dan successfully fin¬ 
ished his first year at Kellogg. He 
is in Houston this summer, con¬ 
sulting for McKinsey. Donna 
(Herlinsky) and John MacPhee 
are expecting their first child in 
October. Both are earning their 


MBA's at NYU in the evenings. 
Donna is assistant controller for 
marketing for the National 
Hockey League, and was recently 
elected Varsity "C" Club secre¬ 
tary. 

Apparently, four years at 
Columbia were not enough for 
Alex Margolies, who just got his 
JD/MBA—quite an impressive 
feat—from CU. Alex's Chicago 
law firm sent him to NYC for a 
short stint this summer. Jamie 
Mercado, engaged to Andrea 
Everett TC'91, is a student of law 
at NYU. Steve Metalios has 
opened his fourth Pluck U. chick¬ 
en wings restaurant, and, for 
those who didn't already know it, 
is engaged to Joy Kim E'90. Ann 
Marie (Wright) Ninivaggi earned 
her journalism degree from the 
Big CU, and is press office deputy 
director for the New York City 
Council Legislative Branch. Her 
husband, Angelo, just completed 
his JD/MBA at Fordham. 

Another one! According to Brian 
O'Connell, his experience as a 
successful stockbroker was a 
cathartic one. He now teaches 
fifth grade at public school in 
Queens. Mark Pineda, who is 
living in Silver Spring, Md., is 
taking pre-med classes. Pin was 
spotted crashing—hopping the 
fence on South Lawn—the barbe¬ 
cue. Liz Pleshette's hair is bigger 
and curlier than ever. She is leav¬ 
ing the College admissions office 
to join the Trinity School adminis¬ 
tration a mile farther downtown, 
and says she is desperately trying 
to become famous (?). 

Newsday is lucky to have our 
very own Roger Rubin. College 
sports is his gig. You name it, Rog 
covers it. Eugene Ryang, with 
frisbee in hand, was frequently 
sighted on the Columbia green 
over the weekend. He is living in 
Virginia, and in the business of 
home restoration and carpentry. 
Kalman Mason Schecter, that 
Wharton MBA, traveled from as 
far as Switzerland. He is a man¬ 
agement consultant in Zurich for 
Maracon. Gina Shishima has 
been at Princeton since gradua¬ 
tion, working towards her Ph.D. 
in molecular biology. Gina had to 
cut reunion short in order to fly 
to Laura Offut's wedding in 
Chicago. Laura graduated from 
Northwestern Medical School 
and will start her residency in 
Philly. Renny Smith, sporting a 
buzz-cut, a goatee, and an im¬ 
pressive array of silk garments, 
had so much fun at reunion 
weekend that he wants to plan a 
six-year reunion next year. 
Contact him at Smith Monument 
Works in Somerset, Ky., where an 
entire case of Budweiser will set 
you back a mere $4.50. 

Sweaty, and with football in 


hand, Evan Spring was deter¬ 
mined to eat his $25 worth at the 
reunion barbecue. Evan is up to a 
slew of stuff. Aside from working 
on his MPA at SIPA, he is pro¬ 
ducing the public radio talk show 
Bridges, and is interviewing jazz 
musicians for WKCR. He also 
claims he plans to hike through 
northern Montana with up to six 
llamas this summer. Ellen Wohl 
works for an international trade 
group in Seattle, and teaches ball¬ 
room dancing in her free time. 

I stop with Ellen. It saddens me 
deeply that I am unable to write 
even a single letter on myself. But 
don't despair. CCT has been kind 
enough to allow me to begin pub¬ 
lishing my unreleased-as-of-yet 
memoirs in installments in these 
very pages. So, I promise to 
devote the next several columns 
entirely to myself. When I grow 
tired of reporting on me, I will 
revert to you. So send gossip on 
you and yours ASAP. Cheers! 


Dan Max 

c/o Columbia College 
Today 

475 Riverside Drive 
Suite 917 

New York, N.Y. 10115 
[Editor's note: Ijeoma Acholonu, 
who valiantly worked on this column 
through four years ofmed school, has 
asked that we rotate the position of 
Class Correspondent to someone who 
is not about to embark on a hospital 
internship. We thank E.J. for her 
loyal work and welcome Dan Max, 
who will take his first swings in the 
next issue.] 


Robert Hardt Jr. 

36 Font Grove Road 
Slingerlands, N.Y. 12159 

Mistakes were made. 

I apologize for the lack of a col¬ 
umn from our dysfunctional-but- 
somewhat-lovable class in the last 
issue but there was an unfortu¬ 
nate contract dispute between me 
and the editors of this glossy 
mag. After a brief holdout, they 
agreed to my more-than-fair 
terms so everything should be 
cool for at least two years (which 
means about three issues)... 

David Frost was an innocent, 
bright-eyed boy from northern 
California when he moved onto 
my floor freshman year. Months 
later, Dave was deeply enmeshed 
in the corrupt campus political 
scene, trying to make changes a la 
Jerry Brown. I ran into Mr. Frost 
on Broadway in mid-May and he 
told me that he was thinking of 
going into the business of selling 
one-man submarines. I'm not 
making this up; good luck Dave. 
Dina Kotkin (another survivor of 
our scary floor on John Jay) had 


run into Dave only minutes earli¬ 
er and told me that she's been liv¬ 
ing on the Upper West Side, 
working for the Population 
Council. This fall, Dina will stop 
trying to convince mothers that 
they don't really need that eighth 
child and, instead, return to 
Columbia as a grad student. Luis 
Andrade was last seen by my 
scouts in the Brooklyn Inn, where 
he was celebrating the transfer of 
his credits from City College to 
Columbia, officially making him 
a member of the class of 1994. 
He'll always be part of our class, 
though, much like that gruff-but- 
lovable Joe Pesci in that classic 
feel-good film of the spring. With 
Honors. Luis left his job at the 
ever shrinking WNYC to work for 
that classic feel-good educational 
group. Prep for Prep. Luis told 
me ponderously that he is 
"studying his options." . .. For 
those who never knew 
Jacqueline Zadeh, she's married 
and has a two-year-old son, 
Aaron. Ms. Zadeh Harounian has 
finished her final year at Hofstra 
Law and was working as a clerk 
at a family law practice in 
Manhasset. She said she wants to 
continue to litigate on the island 
best known for its legal mother- 
lodes like bad girl/abused girl 
Amy Fisher and serial killer/ 
adopted son Joel Rifkin. 

I got an anonymous postcard 
extolling the virtues of avoiding 
shellfish as Well as informing me 
of what several people are doing 
(a reliable source, no doubt). 

Sarah Haines got her English 
degree at Cambridge and is 
attending law college in the U.K. 
Beth Moorthy "returned from 
her Australian Odyssey" and has 
decided to forego Foster's and 
rugby for the excitement of 
Columbia Law this fall... Paul 
Kuharsky was languishing in 
New Jersey (who wouldn't?) after 
graduating from Columbia 
Journalism School, and The New 
York Times gave him a call. Now 
Paul is clerking for the Times’s 
Washington bureau, pitching sto¬ 
ries and answering the phones 
for R. W. (Johnny) Apple, Jr. Paul 
sent me a cool letter on Times sta¬ 
tionery to prove that he's really 
working there and he updated 
me on several people. Kamran 
Ahmad is in grad school at U.Va. 
and teaching undergraduate 
Spanish. Julio Cuevas just fin¬ 
ished his first year at NYU Law 
School. Kieran Corcoran graduat¬ 
ed from Columbia Law and is 
getting a job in D.C. this fall. 

Derek Manwaring is an interna¬ 
tional account administrator at 
British Knights and owes me 
some cool athletic gear for men¬ 
tioning his name ... I ran into 
Rob Endelman at a Mexican 








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restaurant. Unlike his former col¬ 
league, Paul, Rob has thrown out 
his journalistic aspirations and is 
working on Wall Street and 
claims he is digging it... Chris 
Kotes is incredibly excellent for 
sending me one of his Fleer Pro 
cards. For those of you who don't 
follow the coolest sport in the 
world, Chris is pitching in the 
minor leagues for the Toronto 
Blue Jays. Lately, the Blow Jays 
have had horrible pitching, so I 
predict that Chris will get a shot 
in the bigs this year. He's pitching 
in Knoxville this summer and 
invites all Columbians to visit 
him there. (Bad move, Chris). 
Besides echoing the news in 
Paul's letter, Chris informs me 
that his frosh roomie John 
Vomvolakis is at St. John's Law 
School with Mike Spanakos ... 
Forget this Generation X crap, 
our class is just bursting with 
marriages and births (mostly 
because no one who works at the 
Gap writes me): Marianna 
Trevino is married and has a 
baby girl, Olivia. Marianna and 
her hubbie, Jerry Wright, own an 
old house that they're renovating. 
If you want to continue to feel 
that you're years behind many of 
your classmates: Marianna owns 
and operates her own travel 
agency. Time to Travel, in which 
she promises to give "gigantic 
discounts" to our class. Sadly, I 
made up that discount thing. 
Darin Kragenbring works at the 
local bank in Atwater (population 
1,128), Minnesota. Emulating 
Jimmy Stewart's "Wonderful 
Life," Darin also served on the 
board of education for two years 
and designed Atwater's new golf 
course. On May 14, Darin mar¬ 
ried April Manlapaz E'91 in a cer¬ 
emony attended by class-mensch 
Bob Kolker (who incidentally is 
working hard at a Manhattan 
community paper, the Chelsea- 
Clinton News). 

Maybe our class is a little like 
that classic feel-sorta-good 
movie Reality Bites. Case in point: 
Melanie Seidner, who is actual¬ 
ly working at the Gap (albeit at 
its corporate offices in San 
Francisco). Score half a point for 
the psuedo-slackers of the 
world... 

Tina Fitzgerald, who wrote me 
a nice letter on red stationery 
(gulp!), is leaving her job at the 
Chinese-American Planning 
Council this fall, and packing up 
for UCLA's Ph.D. program in 
English, where Adam Komisaruk 
apparently is already kicking butt 
and taking names. Colette Brown 
is also at UCLA. She was seen 
several months ago at MoMA 
when she was in town to visit. 
Mark Blacher, who happily 
encouraged me to down vodka in 


an infamous drinking session on 
the Lower East Side, has left New 
York again—this time for India. 
Jen Tsai, whose couch I ruined 
on that aforementioned vodka 
night, is at Cornell law. I also saw 
Josh Saltman at Cannon's, where 
he told me that he graduated 
from Columbia Law and has a job 
at a firm in New York. 

Ann Giarratano wrote me a 
very informative letter. She "sur¬ 
vived two years as a financial 
analyst at Lehman Brothers" and 
now is a brand manager at 
Clinique in New York. She tells 
me that Dana Wu is working at 
the Port Authority, vowing to be 
the next Bob Moses while she 
gets her M.P.A. at Columbia. 

Dana is allegedly getting married 
this June. Ann also tells me that: 
Jodi Williams is a news producer 
for the weekend Today show at 
NBC. Elise Scheck graduated 
from Miami Law and is Ann's 
first "lawyer friend." (Don't 
worry Ann, there will soon be 
more in that oxymoronic catego¬ 
ry.) Tara Kreidman is living in 
Philadelphia and working in 
"event management at Inter¬ 
national Management Group." 
Julie Levy did some good work 
in school and got into Yale Law. 
She just graduated and is clerking 
for a judge in New York. Margie 
Kim got a master's in economics, 
moved to Houston, and is a 
senior analyst for Continental 
Airlines. 

George Takoudes was the 
coolest bartender at the 'Plex, 
where he served many a free 
chicken wing and beer. Now he's 
engaged (to Tamara Lee Cochran 
'92), and recently finished his 
second year at Harvard Archi¬ 
tecture. Their wedding is two 
years off so there's plenty of time 
to reconsider everything ... 

Notes on my own wacky peer 
group from college: Anselm (the 
really hot guy with long hair in 
college) Fusco graduated from 
Columbia Architecture and is 
starting work with Robert A. M. 
(don't call me Howard) Stem '60 
this summer. He plans on finding 
an apartment with his Estonian- 
American-Bamard-grad girl¬ 
friend this fall... Penny Windle 
cast aside the Dalai Lama for 
investment banking upon gradu¬ 
ation. Now she's casting aside 
Bear Stearns for law school at 
George Washington in D.C. this 
fall... David Kaiser is dividing 
his time between living in New 
Orleans in the winter and living 
in Maine in the summer. He 
allegedly is writing a novel but he 
still hasn't shown his "manu¬ 
script" to anyone yet. Whatever .. 
. Last but not least, speaking of 
New Orleans, I ran into Satoshi 
Kitahuma at a bowling alley 


down there during Mardi Gras. 

In his magnanimous spirit, the 
great Satosh gave me the most 
incredible set of Mardi Gras 
beads that I've ever seen. Thanks, 
guy. That Carl Marci might be 
our class's Rhodes Scholar but 
you are our class's scholar of fun 
and generosity... Anyone who 
wants to hire a bald print journal¬ 
ist, drop me a line. Everyone else, 
tell me what you're up to, no 
matter how tiresome it is, because 
we really do care ... 


Jeremy Feinberg 

535 East 86th Street, 

Apt. 7D 

New York, N.Y. 10028 
Well, this is it for me. I've actually 
had to go out and scratch for my 
own leads on my classmates, 
because for once, the mailbag was 
virtually empty. Folks, don't let 
this happen again. I'm hoping 
that I can hear from as many of 
you as possible—we have a fairly 
tight-knit class, let's keep it that 
way. Send me news so that I can 
tell people what you're up to. 

Anyway, enough with the 
pleas, here's the news. There is 
both a wedding and an engage¬ 
ment to report. Samara Bemot 
and Adam Meshel were married 
on June 18 at the Waldorf- 
Astoria. Both will be third-year 
law students in the fall, Adam at 
Columbia and Samara at 
Fordham. 

Meanwhile, Tamara Cochran 
was recently engaged to George 
Takoudes '91. Tamara spent the 
past year at P&S, where she was a 
first-year student. She tells me 
that Amanda Schoenberg and 
Han Park are also in her class. 

Speaking of Columbia medical 
students, I bumped into Jean-Luc 
Neptune first in the FBH video 
game arcade, and then later at 
Madison Square Garden for a 
Knicks playoff game. He sends 
his best to his Columbia friends. 

Some updates on people who 
have previously appeared in this 
space follow: Quaifferlee Van 
Benschoten (now known as sim¬ 
ply "Q") was accepted in a joint 
business and fine arts program at 
SMU. John Vagelatos is about 
ready to enter his third year at 
Columbia Law School—in addi¬ 
tion to all of his other work, John 
was a coach of the Columbia 
Debate Team this past year. Next 
year he'll be a community pro¬ 
gramming assistant (sort of like 
an R.A.) in Fumald Hall. Alex 
Oberweger is having a good time 
working at ESPN behind-the- 
scenes on Sportscenter. 

That'll have to do for now. It 
wouldn't be good if I filled more 
space by making stuff up, now 
would it? Drop me a line. I'd love 


to hear from as many of you as 
possible. 


Elena Cabral 

235 W. 108th St., #56 
New York, N.Y. 10025 

The class column friendship prize 
goes to the ever-resourceful John 
Balestriere, who mailed me a list 
of fellow classmates he put 
together during his downtime 
from paralegaling at the Rackets 
Bureau of the New York County 
District Attorney's Office—the 
bureau in charge of cases of orga¬ 
nized crime, political corruption 
and narcotics. John, who will be 
attending both Yale Law School 
and Yale Divinity School next fall, 
delivered a rather interesting 
combination of, among other 
things, aspiring lawyers and reli¬ 
gious scholars, those who would 
know both the devil and the 
Divine. Sharing office space with 
him, in a manner of speaking, at 
the Manhattan D.A.'s office is 
Sonya Kim, who is a paralegal in 
Trial Bureau 70, and Sharon 
Huang, a paralegal in the Child 
Abuse Bureau. She will be attend¬ 
ing law school in the fall. Thad 
Sheely was at the D.A.'s Fraud 
Bureau, but he has moved to the 
world of public finance and is 
now at Prudential Bache. Danica 
Elsesser is in her first year of a 
master of divinity program at 
Yale. 

John also informed me that 
Chandana Salgaocar finished her 
fifth year of Columbia's 3-2 MIA 
program at SIPA. Andrew 
Schmeltz continues his work as 
an analyst for Andersen 
Consulting in New York. Lisa 
Cicale is an analyst at Kidder 
Peabody. Joseph Colonna is at 
Prudential Insurance in Newark, 
N.J. 

Michelle Ricci is working as a 
research assistant for the Board of 
Governors of the Federal Reserve 
Bank in Washington, D.C. She is 
sharing an apartment in 
Arlington, Va. with Srilakshmi 
(Sangeeth) Gnanasekaran, also a 
research assistant at the Fed. 
Richard Romero forges ahead 
with his studies at P&S. Gian- 
Claudia Sciara is interning for 
the German parliament in Bonn. 
Pavani Kalluri recently complet¬ 
ed a stint at the NYC Dept, of 
Public Health in the children's 
health insurance outreach pro¬ 
gram. After traveling to England 
and India over the summer, she'll 
be attending Mount Sinai Medical 
School in the fall. 

The farthest-traveled news 
came from the West Coast and 
Cal-Berkeley, where Eric Roston, 
an ex-Spectator co-news editor, 
spent the last year taking a 
Russian language class and work- 










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ing in a cafe in Oakland where for 
once, he says, unlike in his heady 
days of Spec, his biggest dilemma 
was "how to slice the Rice Krispy 
treats." Eric was also preparing to 
leave for St. Petersburg on a 
Fulbright Fellowship with the 
American Council of Teachers of 
Russian at the Russian State 
Pedagogical University. Last I 
heard from him, he was cram¬ 
ming useful expressions into his 
head, two weeks before his trip. 
"Kakoy etot garod," Roston. That 
means "What town is this?" 


Leyla Kokmen 

1213 6th Street S.W. 
Rochester, Minn. 55902 

I noticed this year that, oddly 
enough, the question most 
appalling to seniors is also the 
one most frequently asked: 

"What are you doing after gradu¬ 
ation?" So without further 
despair, here's what the Class of 
1994 will be doing as they make 
their way out of the protective 
gates of 116th Street. And for 
those of you who will never get 
to the end of this column (partic¬ 
ularly those I couldn't get in 
touch with this time around), 
please send me a letter, a post¬ 
card, a message by carrier pigeon, 
or anything else to update me on 
your changing life-plans, destina¬ 
tions, and directions. 

Many of our classmates will be 
scattered around the globe. In 
England, Paul Bollyky will study 
viral evolution at Oxford; Jasmin 
Nassimi plans to study German 
literature at Oxford; Ayanna 
Parish will study modem British 
literature at Sussex; Imara Jones 
plans to study economic history 
at the London School of 
Economics; and Molly Murray 
will study history at Cambridge. 
Estelamari Rodriguez will spend 
the year in Spain and Jessica 
Craig will be in Egypt. In 
Jerusalem, Josh Prager will be 
studying at Hebrew Univ. and 
working at either CNN or UPI, 
while Jeff Wechselblatt will be 
studying and working for a 
human rights organization. Alex 
Gazzaniga will be in the eastern 
Caribbean with the Peace Corps, 
working in nutrition and public 
health. Sheetal Majithia will be 
studying in India. Dy Tran will 
be studying things literary and 
philosophical in Germany. 

Graduate school plans, in gen¬ 
eral, abound amongst our class¬ 
mates. Ben Oppenheimer and 
Roy Gal will attend CalTech, 
studying astrophysics. Joe Biello 
will study astrophysics at 
Cambridge. Greg Langmead will 
be at Stony Brook studying math. 
Elizabeth Bergman is off to Yale 
to get her doctorate in musicolo¬ 


gy, while James Kessenides will 
be there studying Latin American 
history. Shawn Landres plans to 
study religion at Santa Barbara. 
After spending a year flipping 
burgers, Ben Strong will also go 
to Santa Barbara to study English. 
Jay Berman, Stacy Jacovini, and 
Eduardo Flores will all attend 
Harvard's Graduate School of 
Design. Monique Williams plans 
to study urban planning. Mason 
Kirby plans to attend architecture 
school next year, after spending 
some time working in real estate. 
Tom Lecky will study English at 
Stanford this fall, but first he had 
some major summer plans. He 
and Amanda Courtney B'94 were 
to be married in June. Rebecca 
Stanton will return to Columbia 
for her doctorate in Russian liter¬ 
ature. She'll be living in New 
York with Saskia Traill, Patty 
Ybarra, and Lynn Rosetta, "all of 
whom are entering the real world 
and earning a living, in what 
capacity they don't know." 

Other 1994 graduates entering 
the Real World include Tania 
Cochran at J. P. Morgan, 
Kimberly Kemp at Price 
Waterhouse, Iris Rodriguez at 
the International Netherlanding 
Group, Nick Iatiopolous at First 
Boston, and Derek Coppoletti at 
Morgan Stanley. Kay Bailey will 
be doing market research in New 
York. Ann Hoff is working as a 
paralegal, as is Kim Worobec, 
although she plans to stay sane 
because she has no overtime. Lee 
Noriega is working as a legal 
assistant. Brian Greenspan is 
working as an illustrator for 
Mulryan/Nash Advertising in 
New York. Eliot Bates plans to 
work in Washington for a year 
before graduate school. Danny 
Franklin is also in Washington, 
working for The Washington 
Monthly. Lee MacAdams, after 
returning from the summer 
working on a guidebook to 
Estonia, will live in Manhattan 
and work for a consulting firm in 
Connecticut. Elliot Regenstein 
has a great apartment in New 
York, but at this point, no job, 
and Dave Topkins plans to 
work in public relations at a 
biotechnology firm that special¬ 
izes in the food industry. 

Other classmates will be explor¬ 
ing new regions outside of the 
Northeast: Dave Ho will head to 
Miami to do research for the 
National Oceanic and Atmos¬ 
pheric Administration. Adam 
Yeloushan will work in human 
resources and industrial relations 
at the United States Can Co. in 
Ohio. Rebecca Stanton says Paul 
Beddoe-Stevens will be moving 
to Houston to be a "mover and 
shaker" in the cultural world 
there. Malancha Chanda is off to 



South Dakota, where she will 
work with Native American 
women, dealing with women's 
issues. Karl Cluck plans to head 
to L.A. to make it in the movies. 
Laura Jacobs and Shawn Vietor 
are joining the ranks of Teach for 
America: Laura in L.A. and 
Shawn in Louisiana. Josh 
Shannon is also looking for a 
teaching job this year. 

Numerous classmates seem to 
have found a calling in law. 
Gabor Balassa, Camilla Jackson, 
and Kathy Huibonhoa plan to 
return to 116th Street as they start 
at Columbia Law. Thanos 
Basdekis will be at Yale, and will 
be joined there in a year by Dan 
Lewis; Mark Robilotti and 
Aaron Greenberg will be at 
Harvard; Stacy Marano and 
Negar Nabavinejad will be at 


Georgetown, and Rick Spencer 
will be studying law in Florida. 

On another professional front, 
our class will produce a good 
many doctors. Amanda Falick 
will be heading downtown to 
attend NYU, while Dave 
Knowles, Mary Killackey and 
Kristel Kalisaar will be heading 
uptown to P&S, along with Chris 
Williams in the M.D./Ph.D. pro¬ 
gram. Lisa Kessler is heading to 
UCSF Medical School, and Evelyn 
Hale will be doing some post-bac 
pre-med work next year. So that's 
the beginning of the Class of 
1994's after-college saga. Good 
luck, and keep me posted on new 
developments. 


Class Notes Editor: 
Kirstin Wortman 



Welly Yang '94 has been appearing nightly before Broadway audiences as a 
ensemble member in the hit musical Miss Saigon, nimbly modulating from 
Communist functionary to pimp to American G.I. as well as serving as 
understudy for one of the lead roles, Thuy, the Vietcong commissar. "J play 
all sides of the war," he says, laughing. 

The young actor majored in political science at the College and performed 
or produced for several campus theater groups, including Columbia Players, 
the Barnard Gilbert and Sullivan Society, and the Columbia Musical Theatre 
Society and as well as the Kingsmen, the College's traditional a capella 
singing group. For now he is devoted to acting, having also landed a role this 
summer in the public television series Ghostwriter. But he hopes eventually 
to produce and direct. “An actor is always at the mercy of someone else," he 
says. "I'd like to control the means of production—that is, when I get to be 
more mature and experienced." At that point, he agrees, he may even revert 
to using his full name, Wellington. "But I'm not ready for that yet." 


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85 


Gonzy 

(continued from page 48) 


I imagined the lazy flight of the ball 
turning end over end, and me return¬ 
ing it all the way. But the kicker 
slipped and the ball skittered toward 
me in absurd irregular bounces. 

I scooped it up at the five-yard line 
and returned it to the 31. The game 
alternated between freezing on the 
sideline and hectic play on the field. 
We went into halftime trailing 7-6. 

In the third quarter we trailed by 
14-6, but had Cornell pinned with a 
third-and-eight on its five-yard line. 
We went to an eight-man front and a 
zone secondary, a run defense. I looked 
across the ball at Cornell's All-Ivy 
receiver, Jim Perrello. He wore gloves 
and a scuba-like undershirt while I 
shivered with tape on my wrists. 

According to our scouting report, 
they liked to run sweeps to the short 
side of the field in this situation, but 
the ball was snapped and the quarter¬ 
back dropped back, looking to my 
side of the field as Perrello ran a 12- 
yard out pattern. I watched the quar¬ 
terback's eyes and the throw came. I 
broke toward Perrello and the ball. 

He began to cradle the ball toward his 
chest with his red-gloved hands. I 
knew my job. I drove my shoulder into 
his chest and separated the individual 
from the football. Rod Perry, looking 
down from the press box, was pleased. 

C ornell went on to take a safety 
and we lost, 21-8.1 pretended to 
be unhappy, but the Misfits, who had 
made the trip, wouldn't let me. They 
gave me another ball at Sunday's prac¬ 
tice. It was a great feeling to be sore. 

I started again the next week against 
Brown, a 34-0 loss, and had my best 
game returning kicks. 

Two days after the season ended, 
Jim Garrett was fired. The entire staff, 
including Perry, left the school. 

And I had a special perspective on 
winning and losing that will stay with 
me forever. 


Greg Gonzalez '87, '88J, a freelance 
writer, teaches English and coaches foot¬ 
ball and girls' basketball at Harvard- 
Westlake School in Los Angeles. A version 
of this article first appeared in the Los 
Angeles Times. 



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coming Republican national conven¬ 
tion in a way that nauseates even the 
stolid old Herald-Tribune. A thoroughly 
untried, untested Governor Dewey is 
being groomed to "take over" without 
an iota of national or international 
experience. Meantime, Times Square 
crowds are going all out in a spending 
spree, letting the Fifth War Loan drag 
here, as the upper brackets continue to 
pay twenty and thirty dollar dinner 
checks in the night clubs. 

These unmistakable signs of degen¬ 
eration and disintegration are all 
around us. Even now, people are ask¬ 
ing what are we fighting for? They 
seem not to know that if the Russian 
Army had not really won the war on 
the eastern front, all of us would damn 
well know what we are fighting for. 

Your bewilderment is something 
else again. You read the "inspired" 
utterance of such unregenerate civil¬ 
ians and rightly wonder what a young 
captain's status really is when the 
spearhead of a vast effort of which you 
are a direct part seems utterly over¬ 
looked by these middle-aged and 
elderly "statesman" back home up to 
their shameful tricks again. 

But don't lose heart, Thomas. It is 
they, not you, who are in for drastic 
accounting to the vengeful events that 
are hatching right now. Hitler and his 
crew are but the other side of a fake 
coin on which the face side has, since 
the Industrial Revolution, been 
inscribed with the faces of those who 
under guise of "world trade" sold scrap 
iron to Japan and built the German war 
machine in the same spirit. In the world 
of tomorrow, such men will be forced 
to discover their true measure, even as 
in the world of to-day, the Fascist war 
machine has the same chance as 
Cherbourg (at this writing). 

I see you through the mist of great 
glamour. I am glad that you are so 
modest as to conjecture that I, of all 
people, would not remember you 
when the fact is I remember you vivid¬ 
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would shrink even Wagner's gargantu¬ 
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is beholden to you and all of those 
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claiming what we attribute to you, 
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saving a situation of free men which, 
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Please let me hear from you as often 
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Deja vu all over again 

Meet John Montgomery Ward, Hall-of-Famer and 
Columbia gentleman, who led a baseball rebellion a century ago. 

by Leonard Koppett '44 


I t may not be true that the biblical David, in one of his 
unpublished psalms, sang, "There's nothing new in base¬ 
ball." But if he did, he was right. The labor-management 
dispute that brought the 1994 major league season to a 
screeching halt was a replay of issues and reactions that took 
place more than 100 years ago—and in both instances, Co¬ 
lumbia men were center stage. 

The players struck this year to resist imposition of a salary 
cap proposal put forth by the club owners. The designated 
negotiator for the owners is Richard Ravitch '55. 

In 1890, also in opposition to the enforcement of a salary 
cap, the players didn't merely strike. They pulled out of 
major league baseball en masse and started their own 
league, known as the Players' League. It lasted only one sea¬ 
son and is treated extensively in all standard baseball histo¬ 
ries as "the Brotherhood War." And their leader was John 
Montgomery Ward, star shortstop of the New York Giants 
(champions of 1888 and 1889) and an 1885 graduate of 
Columbia Law School, at the age of 25. 

Many classmates, and others, are proud to tell you about 
Dick Ravitch, who can (and does) also speak for himself. So 
let me tell you about Ward. 

He was born in 1860, in Bellefonte, Pa., just north of Penn 
State, where he eventually went to college. He was 16 years 
old when the National League was formed, and two years 
later he was pitching in it for the Providence Grays. He won 
44 games in 1879 and 40 in 1880, including a perfect game 
(the second of only 13 in major league history). 

Then, at 22, his right arm went bad. So he became an out¬ 
fielder, throwing left-handed for a year or so. When his right 
arm healed, but not enough to resume pitching, he moved to 
the infield, playing second and short, since he could also hit. 

In 1883, Ward was transferred from Providence to New 
York, and attended the Law School while continuing his 
baseball career. The team improved and he was soon named 
its field captain. 

By 1887, he was a big star, hitting .338 and stealing 111 
bases, and marrying a famous glamorous actress, Helen 
Dauvray. Unassailably a celebrity and possessing his law 
degree, he also took the lead in forming the Brotherhood of 
Professional Baseball Players, a rudimentary union, at first 
concerned mainly with helping indigent, aging, blacklisted 
or otherwise unfortunate fellow players. And in 1888 he 


This year Leonard Koppett '44 became the only sportswriter to be 
inducted to the Hall of Fame of two sports—baseball and basketball. The 
author and former New York Times reporter now writes columns for the 
Oakland Tribune and is at work on a history of baseball. 


published a book on how to play baseball, full of pointers 
coaches still teach today. 

But by that time, the notorious "reserve system" was in 
place, binding a player to his team even after his contract 
expired—and allowing his contract to be sold to another 
team without his consent or any renumeration. 

Ward published a passionate but closely reasoned maga¬ 
zine piece condemning this "slavery," and the Brotherhood 
membership grew. For 1889, the club owners decided to 
enforce a salary limit ($3,000) that had been on the books but 
was ignored—and the outraged players were ready to strike. 

Returning from a round-the-world exhibition baseball 
tour run by Albert G. Spalding, Ward found a delegation of 
players headed by his teammate, Tim Keefe, waiting on the 
dock. The season was about to start and they wanted him 
to lead the strike. 

But he had a better idea. Play out 1889 while lining up 
backers for a league of their own in 1890. They did, going 
head-to-head in National League cities in their own new 
ball parks, scheduling games at the same time. 

Not surprisingly, everyone went broke and only the 
National League survived as a 12-team circuit from 1892 
on. Ward, who had been player-manager of the Brooklyn 
team in the Players' League, took that post with the new 
National League Brooklyn team in 1891 and 1892, and then 
with the Giants in 1893 and 1894. 

Meanwhile, Keefe had become his brother-in-law in 1889 
by marrying Helen Dauvray's sister, and his ex-brother-in- 
law in a year later when Ward and Helen divorced. Soon 
Ward remarried. 

Ward then turned his attention to real estate and politics 
and became a prominent New Yorker. In 1911, he and some 
Tammany Hall insiders bought the National League Boston 
team and renamed it the Braves, referring to the Tammany 
symbol as a way of twitting Republican Boston. That name 
has followed the team to Milwaukee and Atlanta. 

By now in his 50's and wealthy. Ward had different views. 
In 1914, he emerged as an official of the Brooklyn team in the 
Federal League, which challenged the monopoly of the 
National and American Leagues and pushed all salaries 
higher. He lamented, to The New York Times, that "long-term 
contracts" at high pay made a player lose "that enthusiasm 
which has kept him up to playing his best." Like any good 
Columbian, Ward stirred things up wherever he went. 

He died in 1925. In 1964, both John Montgomery Ward 
and Tim Keefe were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame at 
Cooperstown. 


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Anatomy of a Life-Income Gift 


The concept: 


The case: 


The illustration: 


The conclusion: 


While the general concept of a life-income plan— receiving an income and a tax deduction in 
exchange for a charitable donation —is understood by most alumni, the calculations involved 
in figuring the income payments and tax savings may not be. Because these plans are 
becoming very popular as a means of making a contribution to Columbia, it was felt 
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A 72-year-old alumnus of the College makes a reunion year gift of appreciated securities to 
the University's Gouverneur Morris Pooled Income Fund. The stock, which currently pays 
the donor a 1.5 percent annual dividend, has a fair market value of $20,000 and a purchase 
price in 1982 of $4,000. He is in the 36 percent income tax bracket. 


Current Market Value of Stock 
Original Cost of Stock 
Unrealized Capital Gain 



Income Tax Charitable Deduction 
(determined by age of donor and I.R.S. discount rate) 

Federal Income Tax Saved 
($8,944 x 36% bracket) 

Capital Gains Tax Avoided 
($ 16,000 x 28% capital gains tax) 


Total Tax Savings 
(income and capital gains) 

Actual Cost of Gift 
(market value less tax savings) 

1994 Current Yield on Gouverneur 
Morris Pooled Income Fund 

Yield Adjusted for Income Tax Savings 
Ultimate Benefit to Columbia 


This generous alumnus makes a wonderful gift of $20,000 in securities to his reunion 
class, saves $4,480 in capital gains taxes, gets an income tax charitable deduction of 
$8,944, and, in addition to all that , receives a stream of income for life—$1,240 in 
the year of the gift—which is far greater than the dividend income he was receiving 
from his stock. 



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